TV reporter Michael Schwartz spotlights area high schools on “Good Day Rochester” with his “Friday Morning Lights” segments on Friday mornings. As the Newark Reds geared up for the homecoming game vs. Wayne Central, Schwartz spoke with students, athletes and club members about programs at the high school.
“When I received word from Michael Schwartz at 13 WHAM that he was looking to us to host ‘Friday Morning Lights,’ I immediately said yes as my experience with the segment several years ago was fantastic,” Principal Tom Roote said. “At that time, retiree Dave Schwind was really the hero of the event. This year, that individual was unquestionably Chris Corey.
“As Corey did a great deal of leg work to prep segments for Schwartz that had an athletics focus, I worked to prep segments that celebrated our history in the fine arts. While I am extremely proud of the esprit de corps modeled by our students during each segment, I am even more proud of the staff that unconditionally gave up their time to raise their students’ voice to celebrate NHS.
“Up bright and early were Emily Howard, Kate Flock, Bob Humphrey, Renee Bailey, James Zeger and Danielle Ohlson. The highest compliment I can pay all involved is say that the freshness they bring to their work as each new school year is to be admired. I learned valuable details about our programs that I can share with others. It is these details that really tightens the fabric that is the NHS community.”
Six “Friday Morning Lights” segments showcased teams, instrumental and vocal musicians, the district mascot, and students and staff.
Senior Lynzee Havert from the girls soccer team talked about how much Newark athletes enjoy competing on the new fields and track in the athletic complex. Corey, director of health, physical education and athletics, said the new facilities allow safer sports competition in inclement weather.
“Our new facilities were enabled by our supportive community who sees the value of athletics in the lives of our students,” Corey said. “This is a shining example of what Newark Pride is all about.”
Another segment had students form a circle on the new field. They cheered as Schwartz named each team and club represented.
The next segment focused on the fine arts programs. One project is a mural depicting the history of potato farming in Savannah. Graphic design, photography, media art and arts-in-culture teacher James Zeger oversees the student-driven project commissioned by the town of Savannah. NHS Art Club members Ashley Allegretti, Grace Ketcham and Catlyn McEmery are among those creating the new mural and were interviewed for the segment.
The fifth segment had Schwartz became part of the story. Cast members from “Argonautika” created lines for the Roll Call chant that the reporter executed during the live filming.
“I was so proud of the cast of ‘Argonautika’ for representing such great school spirit,” director Emily Howard said. “We are a cast of 26 with almost an even distribution of grade levels, so Drama Club is a great way to celebrate community at NHS. The students are the best advocates for the program and their passion and enthusiasm really showed.”
The sixth segment found Schwartz visiting the outside courtyard garden adorned with 33 birdhouses made during the last few months of the 2018-19 school year by students in Amy O’Connor’s pottery and advanced pottery classes, and Renee Bailey’s mixed media and Drawing and Painting 2 classes.
Schwartz spoke with senior Shenna Harris in the new multicultural studies English 12 class taught by Danielle Ohlson and Bailey that allows students to creatively integrate art and history into English.
The last segment focused on It’s REAL (Rights, Education, Advocacy Leadership).