GHSA Basketball Championships
Coosa High students participate in GHSA Basketball Championships
Posted on 03/12/2009
Coosa High’s basketball teams played deep into this year’s basketball playoffs but their exit did not mean that Coosa students would not take part in the GHSA Basketball Championship games this weekend. Students from the Coosa Technology Student Association will be a big part of the tournament as they help with the television production of the basketball games and the Coosa Cheerleaders will also be there to cheer at the Wheelchair Championship game on Friday.

Four Coosa High Technology Student Association (TSA) members will travel to the Gwinnett Center in Duluth to assist Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) with the live broadcast of the GHSA’s 2009 State Basketball Championships on Friday. Then on Saturday, the students will travel down to the Macon Coliseum to assist in the second full day of basketball broadcast. Justin Jones, Erika Mitchell, Davey Seifert, and Jasmine Vickers will perform work-based learning duties with GPB while on the two-day trip. The Coosa High TSA has been working with GPB since December of 1997 to help broadcast GHSA playoff games. In December, several Coosa students helped to broadcast the class AAAAA Semi-final football game from Newnan and the five State Championship football games from the Georgia Dome.

Serving as the Camera 5 operator, students will provide the high angle shot of the arenas before or just after a sponsor break, close-up shots of coaches on the sideline or fans in the stands during the game. Students will also provide assistance with camera 6 (talent camera) that shows the announcers before the game and at half-time. It will be a long weekend for the student broadcasters. The students start at 12:00 noon Friday at the Gwinnett Center helping to tape the Wheelchair Championship. The students will then work through 11:00 pm doing the AAAA girls and boys finals; and then the AAAAA boys and girls finals. The crew then heads to the Macon Coliseum on Saturday morning to assist with the remaining games. Beginning at 11:00 on Saturday, the crew will assist with the broadcast of the class A girls and boys games, the AA girls and boys games, and the AAA girls and boys games. All the activity will finally wrap-up at around 10:30 pm. The students will work a total of eleven games in two days.

While students operate cameras 5 & 6, others are job shadowing in the production and satellite trucks. The director, tape operators, video and audio engineers, Chryron operator, font operator, cameramen, production assistants, and satellite engineers all work the students to job shadow during the production. The students were afforded work-based learning opportunities that no other school in the state has. For high school students to be able to work live television on GPB is a great opportunity. Students are involved in the total production. Students will work with producers in planning the camera location, type of camera uses, setting up, and striking the cameras, running sound and camera cables, and testing the equipment and cameras. Several students have gone to work locally with the Rome Braves’ video department, TV stations in Atlanta, and the Southeast.

While the TSA students will be working behind the cameras to bring the games to high school basketball fans across the state, Coosa cheerleaders will be on hand to cheer for teams that do not have their own cheerleaders to bring to the big games. The cheerleaders will be at the games at the Gwinnett Center on Friday. They will begin by cheering for the state Wheelchair Basketball Championship game. Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) will tape the game to be replayed at 9:30 am Saturday morning. The cheerleaders provide this community service project for the teams from across the state that do not have their own cheerleaders. They in turn earn credit toward their community service requirements from the American Association of adaptedSPORTS Programs and the GHSA. Participating cheerleaders are: Kaity Brown, Lindsey Comer, Jessica Ferguson, Kirstie Godfrey, Elizabeth Haynes, Haley Irvin, Sarah Kelley, Chelsea Kennamer, Chelsea Poellnitz, Lindsey Shirey, Anna Lee Tuck, Katelyn Wade, Josie Walker, Kristen Whitlock. The cheerleaders will be joined by coaches Amy Jo Hill and Laney Crews.