Plymouth High School students learning TV from the sidelines
Every week you'll find ABC 57 cameras on the sidelines so we can bring you full coverage of Notre Dame football. Thanks to Notre Dame, some local high school students are getting some real-life experience practicing those same techniques.
Students from Plymouth High School are spending their Saturdays on the sidelines at Notre Dame games.
“That’s a once in a lifetime experience. Honestly it doesn’t happen. Those are some of my best experience taking photos,” Kirk Hettich, a senior at Plymouth High School, said.
Former television news reporter Judy Lykowski is the radio and TV broadcasting instructor at Plymouth High School. She is helping them gain valuable experience in journalism covering the games.
“I got to go on the field and video tape all the players that were playing and it was really cool,” freshman Elizabeth Stotterby said.
They get to be on the sidelines and the press box. They even get to speak with the players.
“We got to go to the press box where all the other media people go. Got some of the players to do teases for us. We got Josh Adams and we ended up getting Drue Tranquill," senior Cortni Cook said.
The university gives the students the same access as other media.
“We give them access to the press box, field access for the photographers and then in the post-game meeting room so they get opportunities to interview our student athletes and our head coach. An opportunity to get that real experience can pay dividends in the future," Michael Bertsch, Director of Football Media Relations, said.
Cook says although it's fun, it's also a lot of work.
“We put the best shots we got and then put it together and we put it on the show. it took me about 3 hours to edit," Cook said.
Hettich has been learning photography for several years.
“You need to know photography to know videography, but you also need to know videography to know photography,” Hettich said. “Two years ago I got all my camera equipment for Christmas from my parents and it was one of the most awe inspiring things and I’ve been taking photos for the last two years.”
To see more of the students' class-made content, click here.