JSerra Broadcast Teacher Travels to Shanghai to Host KIA World Extreme Games

Paul_Higgins*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.

Winter Showcase Attracts the Masses

482810_536951743011273_986345173_nBy: 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. 

JSerra Broadcasting Needs Your Help Going Live

*A message from JSerra Broadcast

JSerra’s Broadcast Journalism program intends to be the most innovative and technologically driven program of its kind in the county offering classes in broadcasting and facilities that can be found only at JSerra. The focus of the program is the “Lion Television Studio” which will enable students to broadcast live programming each day in a continuous manner throughout the school reaching students, faculty, and staff. The goal of the program is to teach and deliver high quality programming content that will not only be of interest to the JSerra community, but also to a broader audience throughout the county.

In addition, opportunities will be extended to local merchants to advertise their services and reach a target audience that will benefit their business and JSerra Catholic High School.  The students are already at work creating programming content. Our control studio is in the building process.

To reach our immediate goal of delivering the programming for day-to-day viewing, JSerra is seeking support for the purchase or in kind donations of state-of-the-art 55 commercial grade Smart Flat Screen Televisions for classrooms. Studio production equipment for the control room such as a video switcher and audio and graphic production tools that will enable the television control room to be fully operational for the live daily programming, is also needed.

JSerra is seeking partnerships with broadcast industry companies, businesses, and/or parent donors that would like to contribute to the success of the program.

For more information, please contact Paul Higgins at aimsportstv@gmail.com.

We thank you for your support and consideration.

JSerra Hosts First Sports Broadcasting Camp

Join JSerra’s first sports broadcasting camp held by Paul Higgins, founder of Atheltes In Motion Television (AIM Sports).

Since inception in 1986, Higgins has produced and hosted thousands of hours of sports television programming content for networks like ESPN, ABC, FOX, and The Outdoor Channel. Higgins Pioneered local sports coverage in Orange County and is known for producing positive, safe, and quality sports television for the whole family.

This summer JSerra is offering a sports broadcasting camp, where students will have the opportunity to learn how to do play-by-play announcing, color analyst, field and sideline reporting, studio interviews, and more.

The camp runs from July 9-13, with the option of a morning session from 9 a.m. to noon or an afternoon session from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with each session for $250.

To register or for more information please contact Karen Testa at ktesta@jserra.org.