In 2006, the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation provided funds to equip a digital video production studio at Barrington High School. Experience in the studio teaches students how to create film productions as well as the journalistic and communications skills necessary to research, document and present newscasts and documentaries to viewers.
In addition, BHS-TV supports local and nationwide charities. Since its inception, students of BHS-TV have helped to raise over $6 million dollars through their philanthropic video creations.
To recognize this milestone, the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation held its Alumni Legends Program Celebrating a Decade of BHS TV: Beyond the Studio on September 29th. The evening started with tours of the BHS TV studio at Barrington High School followed by a program in the Black Box Theater attended by more than 200 guests.
48 Hours Correspondent, Maureen Maher, moderated the program. Four alumni from Barrington High School who went on to careers in television sat on a panel and shared their experiences.
Mark Minner, ’08 currently serves as the play-by-play Voice of the Butler University Bulldogs. In addition to doing play-by-play for the nationally recognized Men's Basketball team on the Indianapolis ESPN radio affiliate, he also does play-by-play for the Butler football team. Mark also works for Fox Sports, Turner Sports, and the Big East Digital Network calling college sporting events.
Alex Elich, ’11 is currently a reporter for WSBT 22 News, a CBS affiliate in South Bend, Indiana.
Cameron Good, ’09, a native of Fox River Grove, Ilinois, joined Northwestern Athletics in August 2014 as assistant director of broadcast operations. He has also worked for the Chicago Bears and the Chicago White Sox.
Katie Teuber, ‘09 earned her bachelor's degree in Television Production from DePaul University in 2013. She currently works for the Chicago Bears broadcast department, where she produces video content for the Bears website, television shows, and video boards at Soldier Field.
Video clips of previous students and highlights over the last decade were shared as well as comments from Dr. Jeff Doles, the current BHS TV teacher.
The program was followed by a reception at the Barrington White House attended by more than 100 guests. BHS TV students mingled with supporters and BHS staff at the event, which included a live auction to raise funds for the program.
All proceeds the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation raised from the evening’s event will used to purchase a BHS TV video production van. The goal is $130,000 to purchase a multi-camera video production truck designed for shooting live events. The truck can be equipped with up to ten cameras, instant replay, slow motion, graphics, Internet streaming and a satellite uplink. This enhancement to the BHS-TV video production curriculum will extend the students’ community service and fundraising efforts.
Additional donations are still being sought and accepted to complete the fundraising effort and have the van in production for the 2017-2018 school year.
About the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation: As a not-for-profit, volunteer organization, the Barrington 220 Educational Foundation “finds the funds” for initiatives that enhance learning for students in District 220. With the generous support of alumni, individuals, and businesses, we have been able to fund programs such as BHS-TV, Business Incubator, and Gateway to Technology. Learn more here