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June 2021

ACC Sister Circle Concludes Year-long Podcast Collaboration with Ford’s Theater

During the 2020-2021 school year Sister Circle partnered with the Ford’s Theater to produce the podcast Our Changing World.

The Changing World podcast allowed students to explore topics that interest them and allowed them to speak on issues from their view of the world.  The members of Sister Circle researched topics of interest, completed a book study of This is My America and interviewed civil rights advocates and youth advocates.

During the first episode Sister Circle interviewed Kim Johnson the author of This is My America. During “BLM: Is it effective?” Sister Circle members interviewed author, college administrator and Vice Provost at the University of Oregon  Kim Johnson to discuss her debut novel and wrongful incarceration.  Ms. Johnson shared her knowledge of how to get young people to engage and use their own voice in things they are passionate about.

Sister Circle continued the conversation of social justice and wrongful incarceration by interviewing Dr. Jack S Monell, a professor of history and social justice at Winston-Salem State University.  Dr. Monell helped to have the conviction of Ronnie Long vacated after having served 44 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.  During the “Activism: Interview w/Dr. Monell” episode students gained knowledge on how to become social justice activists.

We are grateful for the efforts of actress Heidi Fortune, the visiting artist from Ford’s Theater for joining every Sister Circle Meeting to help the students learn the skills necessary to produce a professional podcast.  We look forward to continuing the partnership with Ford’s Theater next school year.

TV Production Team Scores at SkillsUSA

Career Center Television Production students were awarded State SkillsUSA Championship medals outside the Arlington Career Center by SkillsUSA representative, Dr. Lee Ross. 13 Television Production students competed in six different contests and all were awarded medals. The competitions were held virtually on April 20-21, 2021.

Leading the way for the Career Center were Lina Barclay (11th grade) and Ellie Nix (11th grade) who won the first-place gold medal in the Television (Video) Production contest. They had four hours to plan, shoot and edit a video adhering to the prompt- “Education During Covid”. Lina and Ellie qualify for the National SkillsUSA Virtual Championships on June 11th.  They will be part of the Virginia team that is competing against the rest of the country. Gold Medal Video-Television(Video) Production

Peter Collins (12th grade) and Emilio Tognelli (12th grade) won the first-place gold medal in the Television Production- Pre Produced- Cuts Only contest with their piece on addiction. Gold Medal Video- Cuts Only- Addiction

The team of Lina Barclay, Ellie Nix, Maddie Muir (11th grade) and Cameron McGehee (11th grade) earned the first-place gold medal in TV Production- Pre Produced- Special Effects for their piece on anxiety. Gold Medal Video- Special Effects- Anxiety

SkillsUSA is a national organization that focuses on leadership skills for high school students. Students are given the opportunity to compete in contests against their peers at the local, state, and national levels. All contests are run by and judged by industry, using industry standards for employment.

All students are members of Tom O’Day’s Television Production classes at the Arlington Career Center.

Below is the list of all the gold, silver and bronze medal winners for the Arlington Career Center.

First Place Gold Medal Winners Television (Video) Production

  • Lina Barclay- (11th grade)
  • Amanda “Ellie” Nix- (11th grade)
    (This team advances to the virtual national championships on June 11)

TV Production- Pre Produced- Cuts Only

  • Peter Collins- (12th grade)
  • Emilio Tognelli – (12th grade)

TV Production- Pre Produced- Special Effects

  • Lina Barclay- (11th grade)
  • Amanda “Ellie” Nix- (11th grade)
  • Cameron McGehee- (11th grade)
  • Maddie Muir- (11th grade)

Second Place Silver Medal Winners Broadcast News Production

  • Peter Collins- (12th grade)
  • Maura Barrera- (12th grade)
  • Frances O’Malley- (10th grade)
  • Scotten Maderal- (10th grade)

TV Production- Pre Produced- Special Effects

  • Frances O’Malley- (10th grade)

Audio Production

  • Cameron McGehee- (11th grade)
  • Valentina Lopez-Landeo- (11th grade)

Radio Communications- Pre Produced

  • Lina Barclay- (11th grade)

Third Place Bronze Medal Winners Television (Video) Production

  • John “Jack” Schiavo- (11th grade)
  • Daniel Gessel- (11th grade) 

TV Production- Pre Produced- Cuts Only

  • Eric Emory- (10th grade) 

Radio Communications- Pre Produced

  • Peter Collins- (12th grade)

May 2021

  • From ArlNow.com: National Honor Society members help raise funds for Mr. Zawolo’s school, Giddings Polytechnic Academy, in Kakata, Liberia.
  • From WDVM: “Arlington Tech teens fundraise for Liberian school founded by their math teacher” – watch the video for more!

April 2021

  • From WDVM: “Arlington environmental teen group plants gardens across county to feed food insecure families” – watch the video to see how local teens, including students from the Arlington Career Center, are working to help feed members of the community.
  • The ACC Culinary program is happy to announce that Off the Pike is back! Visit the Off the Pike food truck in the ACC parking lot from 3:30 – 6:00 pm on Thursdays (Twitter)
  • Holocaust Survivor Irene Weiss virtually visited with 9th grade Arlington Tech students on Monday, April 26, 2021 to share her story and experience. Watch a recording of that virtual visit.
  • ACC math teacher, Ms. Maskeloni, has been selected as one of three state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This the nation’s highest honor for teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  The finalists will be announced later this summer. Congratulations, Ms. Maskeloni!

March 2021

We are so excited to welcome our students back to the hybrid instructional model. Check out how some of our CTE (career & technical education) students have been utilizing our industry-specific lab spaces during Phase 2!