Our Star Award winner from last year,
Mr. Augie Hiebert, introduced us to
Shana Sheehy several years ago. At that
time, Shana was the student manager of
UAA' s radio station. Now, Shana, with
funding from the Spirit of Youth
Organization, has established a teen
media center in downtown Anchorage.
Two of ATMI's
select group of broadcasters
are Mirror Lake alumni. Chugiak
High School students Mandie Krysinski
and Melissa Smith are past members of
Mirror Lake's Best Practice's video/radio
team. Through guidance from Mrs.
Claudia Wallingford, Mandie and
Melissa, along with several other
Anchorage students, are pilot members
of the ATMI broadcast group.
This year-long commitment demands
at least 90 hours of time at the studio in
exchange for one hour of high school
credit. The students have learned
broadcast journalism along with the digital
editing of radio news. Their teen segments
air regularly on Public Radio - KSKA.
Mrs. Wallingford relates, "The opportunities
these girls have is similar to a college
internship -in fact, probably better.
This is indeed an example of one partnership
opening the door for another
partnership while we all meet interesting
and successful community members
who provide interesting and challenging
career pathways for our students."