Newport News Public Schools TV and the Telecommunications Center

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Telecom students conduct an interview with Governor's STEM Academy Program Administrator Lenise Cowling at the Heritage STEM career event. Photo: Ray Price

Telecom students from Heritage High School covered an exciting event at their school.

Edric "E.J." Jones, Bishop Dunn, and Joshua Ray, juniors at Heritage, were asked to do a video production of a Career Pathways STEM event, which featured helicopters, large trucks and equipment, as well as information stations, all provided by Celebrate Freedom Foundation and Virginia Natural Gas.

According to their website, Celebrate Freedom Foundation is a non-profit that endeavors to inspire education and careers in aviation. Their Education Outreach Program is aimed toward K-12 students.

CFF brought two helicopters and a drone to inspire the students at Heritage, and the Telecom student video production team was eager to get footage of a helicopter in action, as well as conduct interviews with it in the background.

Virginia Natural Gas, who sponsored the event, had their trucks and heavy equipment on hand for presentations about careers in the energy industry.

The event was for students in the Governor's STEM Academy and NJROTC programs at Heritage, and was organized by Lenise Cowling, who is Program Administrator for the Governor's STEM Academy.

It was held April 24, and news teams from channels 3, 10, and 13 were there in addition to Telecom's student team.

Telecom's crew included Jones and Ray as camera operators, and Ethan Clinkenbeard (senior at Woodside) as drone operator. Dunn was on-camera talent, conducting interviews with Cowling, Principal of Heritage High Dr. Earling Hunter, as well as the pilots and other presenters.

The TV students will edit their footage and upload the finished video to the Telecom Student YouTube channel.