By Cody Stidham
About 80 eighth graders from the Knowledge Is Power Program came to tour Webster Broadcasting and Digital Media Magnet High School on Dec. 8. The students toured four stations at Webster: the Broadcast Center, the Student Union (where they learned about Webster’s Media Center and heard about the Webster Weekly), Webster Career Tech Teacher Linda Bingaman’s IT facilities and the Mac Lab.
The students were split into four groups based on backpacks that they got prior to coming to Webster. The backpacks were provided by the four magnet schools that the students toured: Hale, Webster, McLain and Central. The KIPP students got to keep the backpacks they received. Inside the backpacks was a brochure highlighting each of the magnet schools, a transfer request form, a pen and pencil from the various magnet schools, a highlighter from Webster High School and a one gigabyte USB from McLain.
The four tour groups were led by Webster students: 16-year-old junior Chris Little, 16-year-old sophomore Artra Rice, 17-year-old junior Alexandria Munday and 15-year-old sophomore Cody Stidham. “The students were very interested in learning about high school life,” Rice said.
The KIPP students had five minutes to spend at each station. In the Broadcast Center, Artist-in-Resident Avery Buykes allowed KIPP students be filmed in front of the green screen saying a couple of words to their school. Buykes also showed off Webster’s new top-notch equipment.
In the Student Union, Beth Turner, Webster’s journalism, marketing and graphic design magnet strand coordinator, showed off materials students can check out from the school’s Media Center and offered Webster caps as door prizes for answering questions about the Webster Weekly.
In Ms. Bingaman’s room, Webster’s Information Technology Magnet Strand Coordinator Jeff Thomas and Technology Assistant Ricky Bowlin showed students a short video and a laptop they can learn how to put together.
In the Mac Lab, Webster’s Broadcasting Magnet Strand Coordinator Lloyd Wright showed off the Mac computers students can play on if enrolled in broadcasting classes.
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