New ‘robust’ partnership will expose Staten Island students to radio and TV production

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Thirteen Staten Island students will learn new skills and gain hands-on experience in radio and television, thanks to a new partnership between Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School and NYC Digital Media Center, a radio, television and nomadic production studio.

Through this exclusive partnership, sophomores and juniors at St. George’s School will be able to learn skills in broadcasting and television, while also having the opportunity to earn special certifications in the field.

The months-long partnership was recently announced at the high school.

“I am proud to bring 13 students on this incredible journey,” said Jaclyn Tacoronte, executive director and president of the NYC Digital Media Center. “Over the next few months, we will be partnering with Michelin-starred restaurants and major event venues in New York City, including right here in our backyard here on Staten Island. All of the students I’m announcing are incredible visionaries, and they just need opportunities to share their vision, their voice, and their talent. »

Tacoronte explained that the organization uses local community resources to amplify students to help them take ownership of their entrepreneurial journey.

“I just want to be able to provide the resources and the tools to make today truly our anniversary, as we are about to catapult each of you, your abilities and your strengths,” Tacoronte said.

Principal Gregory Bowen spoke of this “robust” opportunity.

“Our vision, to inspire and empower all students to achieve their own vision of success, is supported by our strong industry-based CTE programs, which provide our students with multiple pathways to academics, careers, or both,” did he declare. “Our partnership with NYC Digital Media elevates these pathways…Our students and school community are extremely excited about this timely and relevant work.”

McKee students who applied to the program learned if they were accepted into the inaugural class at last week’s press conference. They received a certificate and a gift bag with a T-shirt.

“I feel like my voice has never been heard, and I feel like that may be the most important thing for me to be out there and for people to know who I am. – and so everyone who has been silent can speak now. I just feel like it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever had in my life, and I’m so happy to be a part of it,” said McKee junior Suddenley Ortiz Amos.

Of the 13 students, 12 attend Ralph R. McKee High School. A student attends Port Richmond High School, which Tacoronte says is due to the student expressing interest before the program was in exclusive partnership with McKee.

Here are the students who will be on the program this spring and summer:

  • Akya Fleming
  • Tyler Caputo
  • Deron Duncanson
  • Justin Sanchez
  • Muharem Ficic
  • Carmelo Guzzard
  • Krupa Rathod
  • Suddenley Ortiz Amos
  • Haley Vaval
  • Christophe Peralta
  • Amanda Ruff
  • Victor Lopez
  • Lorena Hernandez (HS Port Richmond)

“I’m super excited and hope to apply for an Emmy. I also think it’s a great opportunity…I like a little bit of everything and I like to try something new,” said Haley Vaval, who is a junior. .

Dr. Marion Wilson, superintendent of Staten Island Schools in District 31, said in a statement that the skills students will learn through this program will help them achieve positions in the modern world of technology. Students will also have access to state-of-the-art equipment, while partnering with local leaders and community media partners.

“As Superintendent of District 31, I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of all of our schools, especially when innovative new programs are introduced to students to help them prepare for college and careers,” Wilson said. .

And the students said they were excited about what was to come.

They will attend a weekly after-school class, led by instructor and photographer Amanda Domenech. Students will also have the opportunity to take bi-weekly trips outside of school to visit program partners throughout New York City.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to a better future,” said Justin Sanchez, a junior at McKee.