On Wednesday, November 8th, the TV/Video class of New Haven High went on a tour of ESPN 101.1, a broadcasting center for ESPN. They also toured Plaza Frontenac, a mall in St. Louis, before going to see Fanny’s Journey.
Katie Borcherding, teacher of the class, was asked why she took the students on this field trip. “Two reasons: I wanted to get Jake Wilson to ESPN 101.1 because he's interested in pursuing a career in sports broadcasting and I thought the visit would be beneficial to him,” she said. “The other reason was to get my TV/Studio students out to participate in a local film festival. St. Louis has a lot of great events benefitting the arts and I think that New Haven is just a bit too far away for people to attend on their own, so I try to make sure that I take a few students each year to these events.”
The students who went were asked if there was anything that interested them, and junior Diana Ribera said, “I think Plaza Frontenac interested me the most. We saw dresses that were $450 to $995. We were trying to see what the most expensive thing was, so that was pretty fun.”
Junior Callie Weatherly responded with, “Before we went to the movie, we looked around the mall we were in and looked at how expensive the name brand dresses were. One dress was so bland and boring, yet it cost like $995.”
Mrs. Borcherding and the students were asked about any highlights from the trip.
Mrs. Borcherding replied, “The movie was fantastic. It was a French film in subtitles and most of the students I took along had never seen a subtitled film before, so that was exciting. I also took the students to Whole Foods in Town and Country to eat lunch and they got to try some interesting foods like Mochi and Gelato.”
“The movie was one of my favorite highlights from the trip,” said Diana Ribera. “It was an emotional movie, because a little 12-year-old girl is watching over 9 kids and trying to make sure they don't get captured by Nazi soldiers. When they were close to freedom, soldiers started to shoot at two girls and you could hear the audience gasp and say no.”
The students were asked if there was anything else they would like to add about their field trip to St. Louis.
“It was good to see such a good movie that was subtitled. Usually any movie that's subtitled either makes no sense or is difficult to read in the time you have,” said senior Kimberley McDowell.
Callie Weatherly described a very strange experience she had during the movie: “While sitting in the theater for Fanny’s Journey waiting for the movie to begin, a few middle school aged boys decided to tap on my shoulder. They mentioned to me that they thought I was ‘very attractive’ looking. Not knowing what to say, I just turned back around awkwardly trying to avoid them.”
She continued: “A few moments later I overheard those same boys arguing over whether or not to get my attention again. Tired of listening to them bicker, I turned around to see them staring at me. They then handed me a torn piece of fabric and smiled shyly. I thought the boys were done, but throughout the movie, I could still hear them chatting and tapping on the back of my seat.”
This was also the first time Mrs. Borcherding was able to take a class such as TV/Video on a field trip. Hopefully she’ll be able to take more kids on field trips to expand their views of the arts in the coming years.