C-SPAN visits


By Joyce Ervin

The C-Span Bus arrived at Milan High School recently to honor senior students that produced prize-wining videos.  Taking Third Place in a national contest were Gabrielle LaFuente, Holly Rossetto and Amanda Buie for researching and making a five-minute video on the subject of Net Neutrality titled “A Threat to the Internet”.
Besides receiving the honor, the trio were recipients of a $750 prize.    Receiving an Honorable Mention were Harold Nunlee, Christian Diaz and Joel Hill for their topic on guns and shootings.  They titled their video, “Unlocked and Loaded”.  They were recipients of a $250 cash prize. 
The teams admitted doing the research on their topics, interviewing and making the video was hard work, and not everyone always agreed.  Bottom line, they produced award winnings videos.
An assembly in the Milan Center for Innovative Studies was held in the winner’s honor and their videos were shown to classmates, Schools Superintendent, Bryan Girbach, Milan Mayor Dominic Hamden and district representative, Matt Vanisacker, aide from Senator Dale Zorn’s office.
After the assembly, students toured the bus and many marveled at the technical electronic equipment.  Most popular was the ‘selfie’ section, where one could hold an official CNN microphone with a C-SPAN backdrop.
Girbach said, He was proud that two groups from Milan High School placed in a national competition.  He said, “They bring honor to the MCIS wing and encouragement for every tradition to continue.”
Based on a comment from Hill, Mayor Hamden agreed in his remarks that anything worth doing is hard.  Succeeding is hard.  He shared one of the things he thought was hard. One was having to memorize 15 poems before graduating high school.  Quite the finale; he recited the poem, “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Burns. 

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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