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North students bring livestream to life

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EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) – In a time where most fans cannot attend sporting events in person, a group of students at North High School are bringing livestream events to life at the Doghouse.

The Entertainment Technology class has delivered live coverage of games for the last four years. This year, it’s role is obviously more important.

Sixteen students are currently in the class. They learn about editing software and media technology during school hours, then work as a team operating cameras, scoreboards and livestream equipment during basketball games and wrestling matches.

“It is a group of people that are motivated, have interesting skills and different life experiences that all blends together to form this beautiful program,” senior Matthias McDermott said. “It’s been wonderful.”

The experience students gain is invaluable, but they’re also paid for their time since the program is sponsored. Premiere Program sponsors pay for system equipment, student/worker wages and help offset athletic fees for athletes.

The team encounters challenges, such as system glitches, but works together to troubleshoot.

Jan Bowe, who instructs the class, and Janelle Patenaude, who serves as partnership coordinator for the ESASD, provide assistance.

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