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First News Summer 2010

Lights, Cameras, Action!

   Cimarron High School may be the only state school in New Mexico to be equipped with a state-of-the-art video board, which dramatically enhances sporting events and student activities, creating excitement among students and sport fans alike. Much like a national network broadcast, the video production requires a team of students to generate artwork on the big screen for volleyball and basketball games and to transmit those games to the rest of the world at That team of students is the Cimarron High School's Broadcast class taught by Joe Giglia as a "zero" hour elective credit meaning students don't take it within the regular school day, instead; they devote time after school and during games to practice their broadcast skills—and receive an elective credit for it. Principal Letitia Martinez comments, "Even though Joe Giglia is the teacher, he is more a facilitator. His team is made up of students who do everything from directing the broadcasts to running the cameras." Such dedication has landed his students an opportunity to work with the New Mexico Activities Association by broadcasting state basketball games. This year, the NMAA invited one student, Shalese Shell, to do color commentary at the state basketball tournament. Shalese did commentary for the Cimarron High School games and developed quite a talent for it.

   Likewise, Mr. Giglia teaches other related subject matter such as graphic arts and video production, which contribute to the overall broadcast effort. Ms. Martinez said, "What these students create are video commercials and print images that are shown throughout the course of a game in the gym, and over the broadcast medium." This print and video ad space is available for sale to advertisers during basketball games. From a business marketing standpoint, "It's a great opportunity for businesses that wish to appeal to a local and captive audience (in the gym), and also broadcast to others throughout the world who watch the games. Students' families from all over the nation tune in to to watch their grandsons, granddaughters, nieces, and nephews. In fact, we've had people from international destinations tune in to our broadcasts."

Front sitting left to right: Daniel Kordis, Maria Gallegos, Madison Coss
Standing: Teacher Joe Giglia, Jacob Hovey, Cody Pittman, Juhi LaFuente and Wei-Jen Yu

   In addition to volleyball and basketball games, the video production team will also broadcast band concerts and graduation ceremonies held in the gym. The link can be found at Cimarron High School's website,

Cimarron High School
Broadcasting Program

165 North Collison
Cimarron, NM 87714
(575) 376-2241 ext. 314


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