*A press release from JSerra Catholic High School
Paul Higgins, Founder and President of Athletes In Motion, travels to Shanghai, China, to host the KIA World Extreme Games for Fox Sports.
This is Higgins’ seventh consecutive year hosting the Games in Shanghai, in previous years Higgins worked with ESPN on the same event.
“It’s an honor to host the Games, and is an event I always look forward to,” said Higgins.
The Games have developed over the past few years with a growing acceptance of action sports in China.
“In the first few years, the people in China didn’t seem to know what to think about having athletes on skateboards, bikes, and motorcycles flying through the air,” said Higgins. “But now they have embraced it and now they host the largest skateboard park in the world.”
The opportunity brings more to Higgins than consecutively hosting the games. “What this really provides me is an opportunity to share my real-world working experience with my broadcast students at JSerra,” said Higgins. “This is exactly what the Artist In Residence Program is all about.” As part of the Artist In Residence Program at JSerra, Higgins teaches broadcast journalism to the students of the college preparatory school. In its inaugural year, the program has boasted numerous editions of The Lion Report and generated interest within the local community.
The annual KIA World Extreme Games will take place June 10-12 in Shanghai, China, and will be broadcast on Channel 11.
By: Nancy Harrell, Artist in Residence Director
The Artist In Residence program hosted their annual Winter Showcase at SOKA University this February. The showcase highlighted many of the 750 students that participate in the arts. The audience of over 600 was enthusiastic in receiving the performances, and helped make the evening a great success.
The student performances were classic, fun, experimental, and emotional. Performances included everything from classical ballet pieces performed using New York Ballet choreography, to the choir ending the evening with a beautiful rendition of ‘The Lord Bless you and Keep You,’ while dancers performed a sacred dance piece to the music.
Choir also brought down the house with their version of Fun’s ‘Some Nights’. Instrumental music showed off their abilities with our string ensemble and our steel drum band bringing the audience to their feet. The theater department opened the show with ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business,’ and concluded with a stage combat scene from Romeo and Juliet.
Visual Arts and Broadcast Journalism students were well represented with a visual arts show and reception in the lobby before the performances began. Broadcast Journalism presented a wonderful piece showing the best of The Lion Report, which showed the tremendous growth our students have experienced this year with the implementation of our new Broadcast Journalism program.
The evening highlighted what a presence the visual and performing arts have on campus, and it continues to grow.
View the album from the night’s performances on Facebook.