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Brunswick BEAT students tout program in Columbus

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    Back row, left to right: Jiya Doshi, Angie Case, Matthew Kovach, Logan William, Jonathan Yokiel Front row, left to right: Mia Dolan, Alyssa Murral, Sarah Keller, Zuri Howerton BEAT members take a minute to pose by the Ohio School Board Association sign during the conference.

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    Nine Beat students -- back row, from left: Matthew Kovach, Logan William, Angie Case, Jonathan Yokiel; front row, from left: Zuri Howerton, Alyssa Murral, Sarah Keller, Mia Dolan, Jiya Doshi -- attend a Student Achievement Conference in Columbus on Monday and were able to share information about the program. The face behind them is a sculpture located at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

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BRUNSWICK — Nine Brunswick BEAT students participated in this year’s student achievement fair at an annual conference in Columbus that brings together educators from all over Ohio.

More than 100 schools participated in the event Monday designed to share about the programs of school districts across the state.

“This is the first time that the Brunswick BEAT video program went down to the Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference Student Achievement Fair,” BEAT adviser John Wasylko said Wednesday.

“This year, we had an opportunity to take nine of our students to participate in the Student Achievement fair where they had the opportunity to talk about the program, share what it’s all about and answer questions for people who came to their booth.”

Wasylko said BEAT students have attended the three-day conference before.

“Our BEAT video program has gone to the Ohio School Board Association Capital Conference twice since 2000. For two years, we were the state documentary team for the conference,” he said. “Two times we’ve gone to Columbus to videotape the event and put a little documentary together.”

This year, the three middle school students and six high school students who attended the event were able to share information about the BEAT program.

“Mostly we informed them on what our program does, trying to emphasize that we are a student-run group of backpack reporters,” ninth-grade BEAT member Matthew Kovach said Wednesday.

In addition, the students conducted interviews with conference attendees to show them how journalistic interviews usually work.

“A lot of people who walked by us and were interested in what we were doing and were really impressed with what we did,” said Kovach.

“Some were really kind of nervous about going on camera, but when you’re in the BEAT you really get used to trying to make people comfortable.”

Kovach said that the neighboring booth, which was occupied by another student media organization, was impressed by the program and said it would try to implement some of the activities and structural items the BEAT already has in place.

BEAT students also did some filming so that the organization could put together a short video about their experience. Kovach said the filming and the interviews were his favorite parts of the event.

“I really enjoyed filming. I really just enjoy camera work in general so I really enjoyed getting to know the BEAT members a bit more,” said Kovach.

“Also, just the confidence you get from talking to a bunch of adults. You kinda can’t get that anywhere else unless you’re interviewing.”

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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