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MatCast Welcomes New Faces

by Jacob Castillo


The new faces of MatCast have been selected and are excited to begin their journey next year. Auditions results were posted February 5 outside of the Broadcast Studio.

Students had to prepare a broadcast standup, which they memorized and performed on camera as part of their audition. The majority of the new staff came from the Principles of Media Journalism class.

“I put a lot of thought into writing my standup,” freshman Elijah Rios said. “Once you get used to it, it’s easier, then you just have to do it in front of a camera.”

Students were nervous about performing their piece in front of the camera and said it was intimidating to do so.

“It was difficult to talk in front of the camera,” freshman Ailene Meraz said. “I thought it was just going to be Mrs. Pumphrey and then MatCast was there watching, so it was very scary. I think I did decent though, considering I made the staff.”

While some students had a more direct approach to progress in MatCast, others were thinking about having fun and prepping for their futures. Freshman Gustavo Izaguirre was one of these.

“I’ve wanted to join MatCast because I saw how fun it was,” Izaguirre said. “I wanted to do something with my high school life. I picked MatCast because I like the idea of being able to goof around on camera hopefully advance my skills with a camera, so I can maybe be a director one day.”

Everyone has a different story that needs put out there. For Rios, he has a passion to express.

“I want to share many different and unique stories, and to have the best four years in MatCast,” Rios said. “I want to do this because of all the amazing people and all their amazing talent.”

Inspiration is also easy to find in this school. Ailine looks to Yearbook Assistant Editor, Emily Weber, as one of her greatest guides for interesting stories and writing.

“Emilie Weber inspires me because she’s so good at writing her stories and has won awards and she’s only a sophomore,” Meraz said.

While these students have big shoes to fill, and a lot to learn, they are hopeful going into next year that they will live up to the reputation for excellence set by those who came before them.

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