A\V Select Students win Time Warner Cable’s clean air PSA contest

This year’s first place winner in the City of Austin Clean Air PSA contest was produced by none other than Austin High School. The A\V Select team produced the thirty second PSA with the help of some AHS faculty and their families. Keeth Matheny and his wife Cory Matheny play the roles of a husband and wife couple who are letting their car idle in the driveway when a neighborhood kid, played by Shelly Hoffman’s daughter, Libby Hoffman, walks up beside their car to explain how idling in the driveway is not good for the ozone layer.


The spot titled “Ozone Patrol” was written and directed by Miranda Gershoni. Rounding out the crew: Quinn Holmes – 2nd Assistant Camera / Editor, Truman Matheny – First Assistant Camera, Nicholas Aragon-Maresca – Assistant Director, Sami Mahmoud – Camera Operator, Anne Marie Marler – Production Design, Jude Sabo – Location Sound, and Avni Singh – Script Supervisor

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The team was honored at a city council meeting on April, 7th to commemorate the win and  Mayor Steve Adler awarded us a certificate of merit along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet which the team bestowed upon Libby. The spot will be airing on Time Warner Cable throughout the coming months.

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KAHS NEWS Students WIN GOLD at the Business Professionals of America Regional Leadership Conference

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Jonathan Cardiel, Emily Potter, Khunal Parkash and Alex Treviño (not pictured)

This is the first year that Austin High is participating in BPA. We entered the “video production team” contest and had to produce a video related to underage drinking and present it at the competition. We won’t show you the video just yet as it will be used in an advisory later in the year. The win at regional qualifies the team for the state competition in Corpus Christi later in March. The difference between the BPA contest and traditional film and video contests is that we are judged on our presentation of the video as well as the video itself. Students have to setup their projector and sound as well as articulate their creative thinking behind that topic and how they executed their production. Jonathan Cardiel, Emily Potter, Khunal Parkash and Alex Treviño are the students that make up the senior team.

Business Professionals of America is a national organization for middle school, high school, and college students preparing for careers in business and office occupations. The organization’s activities and programs complement classroom instruction by giving students practical experience through application of the skills learned at school. Business Professionals of America acts as a cohesive agent in the nationwide networking of education and business and industry, and is contributing to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.

Below is a news package produced by Ian Smith about the win.

Introducing A\V SELECT

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Left to Right: Avni Singh, Quinn Holmes, Anne Marie Marler, Sami Mahmoud, Truman Matheny, Jude Sabo, Kasi Moreno, Ben Fremin, Miranda Gershoni

This year I am happy to introduce what I am calling A/V Select. A hand picked team of talented up and comers in the first and second year classes. These students participate in an after school club where they learn advanced level skills and equipment. The team takes on projects and special requests outside the realm of what the Kahs News show produces. The team also assists the upper KAHS students on productions and helps to bridge the gap between KAHS juniors and seniors and the lower classmen that will eventually take their spots. The team enters video contests as a way to facilitate hands on learning that is both purposeful and fun.

Shakey Graves surprises students at Austin High

Principal Taylor asked Shakey Graves to stop by for a “secret show” as a way to reward students with perfect attendance and to keep them from skipping class to attend the ACL show. Shakey Graves, (who attended AHS between 9th and 11th grade), mixed blues, country and rock and roll in what was and electric performance that engaged the entire audience. Afterwards he greeted his former teachers and granted interviews to The Maroon and KAHS News.

Austin Film Fest

On Friday, October 14th we attended the Austin Film Festival and Screenwriting Conference. The day was filled with panel discussions related to screenwriting and the evening was full of different films at various locations about town. The festival runs throughout the weekend and the following week. Emily Potter presented “The Archer Hadley Story” to festival goers, and participated in a Q&A following the screening. The film was an official selection in the student documentary category, but did not win any awards.