AVHS students are national champions: Education Briefs for the week of July 21

AVHS students are national champions

Apple Valley High School speech team members Claire Doty and Zakkiyah Sanders were named national champions in duo interpretation at the June 18-23 National Speech and Debate Tournament held in Birmingham, Alabama.

Doty and Sanders tied for the title with a duo from Mississippi.


Minnesota Connections Academy info session set July 19 in Lakeville

Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is underway at MTS Minnesota Connections Academy, a tuition-free online public school serving K-12 students statewide. An information session for families is set 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 20800 Kenrick Ave., Lakeville.

Families will meet with faculty, hear how the program works, explore its curriculum, and learn how to enroll. Other topics include: How teachers interact with students in a virtual environment, personalized learning opportunities, college preparation, community experiences and socialization, the role of the parent or other learning coach, and the use of technology. Real-time, virtual information sessions and parent panels are also being offered. For a complete schedule of events and to RSVP, visit www.minnesotaconnectionsacademy.com/events.


Eagan student attends broadcast camp

Eagan High School junior Zahra Mustafa, an advanced student at ThreeSixty Journalism, is participating in a July 17-21 video broadcast camp offered by ThreeSixty in collaboration with the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Under expert instruction from the project’s media partner, WCCO-TV, students learn the ins and outs of script writing, on-camera interviewing and creating short “live shots.” The theme for the stories will focus on health equity. ThreeSixty, Blue Cross and WCCO-TV will share the campers’ stories via their digital channels.

“This TV broadcast camp is exactly what our advanced students have been asking for,” said Bao Vang, ThreeSixty engagement coordinator and staff leader of the camp. “They are eager to take their skills to the next level and learn new and more visual storytelling techniques.”

The partnership was proposed by Blue Cross as a way to bring credibility and energy to health equity messages.

“With any type of storytelling, but with broadcast in particular, the messenger can often be just as important as the message,” said Anika Ward, director of the Center for Prevention. “ThreeSixty Journalism works with students representing diverse cultures and communities across Minnesota, and many of their communities are the very ones that experience the greatest health inequities. It is our hope that the students we work with, and the audiences they reach, will become more aware of Minnesota’s inequities and then inspired to make a difference.”

The camp takes place at the University of St. Thomas and field locations in the Twin Cities.