Marist High School welcomed alumna and sportscaster Victoria Carmen (’06) to speak to students enrolled in the school’s new broadcasting course on Thursday, October 6. "Marist fueled my discipline, faith and values to work towards my career and I will forever be grateful. I love seeing the growing opportunities for current and future students," she told students.
Carmen, who most recently worked as a weekday sports anchor for ABC7 Southwest Florida, reflected on her own professional journey in the industry, and offered insider tips to the students who were eager to ask her questions about building a broadcast journalism career. The daughter of a high school football coach, her love of sports started at an early age, and she is thrilled to be pursuing her passion.
"Sharing my love of sports journalism with Marist students is special because I was in their exact same shoes when I attended Marist,” Carmen explained. “The television industry can be overwhelming and difficult to pursue, so I'm hoping to inspire and motivate the students to work hard and believe anything is possible if you put your mind to it."
A 2010 Indiana University graduate, Carmen had stints in Casper, Wyoming, and Toledo, Ohio, before landing the 6pm and 11pm anchor slots in Florida. In November, she will be moving to upstate New York to freelance for multiple networks.
Carmen toured the broadcasting studio, which after having phase one completed, features a custom anchor desk, sound absorbing backdrop, a production team meeting area, green screen, cameras, lighting, and teleprompters. Across the hall, students work on computers to edit their videos. Phase two will include a set stage, production booth, and other amenities. "The new broadcasting facilities are better than what I worked with in my first on-air job! Hands-on experience is huge in the industry and will give the students an edge when heading to the next level," Carmen said.
This year, 27 students are enrolled in the course and are exploring the integration of technology, storytelling, and scriptwriting. The program will expand next year, as a follow up course will be offered. Instructor Noelle Trainor, who has worked as an entertainment reporter and on the production side of commercial and corporate projects, is pleased with how the program is going. Students are wrapping up work on their first big project--creating public service announcements. They also created promotional and recap videos for homecoming week. The students have also started producing weekly newscasts that will be watched during homeroom. During the second semester, Trainor hopes to oversee the students’ production of live newscasts, athletic events, and other school related projects.
Principal Larry Tucker (’79) points out that the studio and course are in line with Marist’s commitment to dynamic space and real world learning opportunities. “Courses like this offer students the chance to experience authentic learning through projects that are current and grounded in the real world. Some of these students will bring this experience into a broadcast career or into one of many established and emerging fields that rely on video technology, strong writing and communication, and interpersonal skills,” he explained.
Marist strives to complement its rigorous curriculum with dynamic space and relevant technology to create a 21st century learning atmosphere.
Top photo: Principal Larry Tucker '79 poses at the MHS Studio anchor desk with instructor Noelle Trainor (left) and sports reporter and guest speaker Victoria Carmen '06.
Right photo: Victoria Carmen '06 (right) looks at the teleprompter in MHS Studio while Marist teacher Noelle Trainor describes the software and equipment students are using in the class.