The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 28, 2013

Tech course is an exploration in creativity


Star Beacon

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — At the forefront of Edgewood’s technology classes is the Adobe Applications Course, a class that familiarizes advanced computer technology students with the uses of the Adobe Master Collection program. Students utilize the various programs to create special effects, animations, picture editing, movie editing and even sound editing to create professional quality work using tools that professional editors use.

One lesson had each student in the class learn two unique special effects to animations, master the use of them, then instruct the whole class on how to incorporate the special effects into their work. Another large class-wide project called, “Snow Place Like Home,” had the whole class split up into several groups which each made a video segment on what to do on a snow day. After completing their respective videos, the groups used Adobe Sound Booth and Adobe Premier Pro to edit their segments, combine their videos, and add special effects to create a professional grade short film on which all were graded.

Outside of school, some of the students are incorporating their knowledge and ability into their everyday activities. Student Shane McTrusty is conducting an independent study where he utilizes the Adobe programs into his disc jockeying. McTrusty brings his laptop and iPhone into class and works on optimizing his equipment using new software and Adobe Sound Booth for his musical sound editing. Other students collaborated to record and edit their own “Harlem Shake” video in class using Adobe, and student Derek Dreslinski has been using several cameras and computers to record concerts and musicals at Edgewood. He has been editing the picture and sound quality using the same programs he learns about in class.

“He’s really doing some great stuff with this,” said Paul Simon, the Adobe Applications teacher.

Simon notes that the course is mostly based upon student discovery and application. “We’re just putting together the pieces and exploring the program,” he said.

Simon also said that the course involves a lot of creativity on the part of students, and that this open method has led to the students learning cooperatively.

“They’ve been challenging one another, which is very fun,” Simon said. “If students are creative, not afraid to fail, and willing to learn from that failure, then this is the class for them.”

Students at Edgewood are gearing up for this year’s talent show to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s yearly fund-raiser, “Pennies for Patients.” The show is organized and put on by Student Council, and will be taking place 7 p.m. April 19 in Edgewood’s auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5.

The show will feature 15 to 20 acts from grades seven to 12. Prospective participants must audition in front of a panel of faculty judges before the show. First-, second- and third-place awards will be given out to students from Braden and Edgewood at the discretion of talent show judges. Acts may include singers, bands, ensembles, dancers, baton twirlers and even original compositions created by students, as well as short films and power points students create.

“It’s impressive, the amount of talent students have. And it’s a shame those talents may be hidden because they have no platform to comfortably express their talent,” said Christina Fischer, Student Council adviser. “Having the show gives them the opportunity to showcase their skills.”

Fischer would like to thank choral director George Kirby for running the sound system the night of the show; Steve Kray, athletic director, for being the liaison with Braden administration; and Karl Williamson, principal, for opening up Edgewood’s facilities after school hours for the show.

There are many changes to the talent show this year: last year the show was held during the school day and was only open to Edgewood students. This year, however, Braden students will be participating on stage as well and the show will be held outside of the regular school day.

“We’re really excited to be doing this,” said Kray. “This show is bringing the two schools together for a great cause.”

The changes this year were made to open the show to the public in order to raise more money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Last year the show raised $645 and this year Student Council hopes to raise $3,000 for their cause.

The show is very important to Buckeye students, because last year they lost a dear member of the Buckeye family, Dylan Christian, to Leukemia. He was a seventh grader at Braden Junior High School who had battled cancer from a very young age. In recent years, he also developed leukemia, and passed away in April 2012. In memory of Dylan, Edgewood and Braden raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to help others fight the battle against cancer. This year, Dylan’s grandmother will be attending Edgewood’s talent show as an honored guest.

Student Council is contacting area businesses for donations to the LLS and prizes for talent show winners. Donations are being accepted. If you would like to support LLS, please contact Christina Fischer at (440) 997-5301 for information.

The Edgewood Soundsations will be opening for the Duprees at the Ashtabula County deputies show. The Soundsations have been working very hard for their performance and have put together a special show that will be performed at this event only. Selections include songs from their fall and spring shows, and two exclusive songs that will only be performed that night.

“It’s very exciting,” said Tiffany Newbold, senior and three-year Sounds member. “We’ve never done anything like this before, and it’s great that we get to experience this before we graduate.”

The concert is on April 14 at Lakeside High School. For tickets to this popular event, call the campaign office at 440-992-0524 or Deputy Julius Petro at 440-576-3545.