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Teens’ video takes on bullying

Manteca High ROP students recognized by MUSD officials

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Teens’ video takes on bullying

The Manteca High ROP Multimedia/Video Production students who put together the anti-bullying episode on YouTube: Andrea Rodriguez, Ryan Jurado, Chris Smith, Joe Enzie, John Ritchie and Christian Mo...

ROSE ALBANO RISSO/The Bulletin


POSTED January 10, 2014 1:27 a.m.

Smile, you’re on Manteca High School’s Internet video. Or you could be in one of the episodes on the school’s YouTube Channel, MHS Buff TV.

If you want to check it out, just log on to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veP2HOIhgcE. You may have a glimpse of yourself or someone you know in one of the footages of sporting events, rallies, classroom activities and other video projects produced by the students in Carol Creighton’s ROP Multimedia/Video Production class at Manteca High.

“We produce videos about Manteca High” which include the above examples of events, said Creighton whose class currently has 26 students. “We also produce commercials for things like the Student Store, and upcoming events like the fall play in November,” Creighton said.

Once a month, the class produces a skit that showcases Manteca High’s Honor the Code word for that month. A new Honor the Code word is highlighted each month, with the words derived from the first letter of the word BUFFALOES. Honor the Code is a program that seeks to highlight the positive actions and achievements of students and, to a somewhat limited extent, of staff members as a way to counteract the effects of bullying on campus.

Some of the skits that the students produce are humorous in nature; others are serious issues like bullying on campus. One such skit, which focuses on anti-bullying, earned the students involved in the video project and Creighton, special recognition from the Manteca Unified Board of Education. The six students were honored by the board and school district officials at the board meeting in December when the anti-bullying video also was previewed.

Commenting about the students in her Multimedia/Video Production Class during the board meeting, Creighton said, “These kids are amazing to work with.”

She also commended the innate talents and skills of her students, saying, “I just guide them. I just give them creative ideas.”

The students who were involved in the anti-bullying video and were recognized by the school board were John Ritchie, Andrea Rodriguez, Joe Enzie, Christian Molina, Chris Smith, and Ryan Jurado. The title of that video episode is, “We’re People Too (An Anti-Bully Segment). The message on the video reads: “Promote anti bullying. Let’s strive to protect all high school schools from bullying.”

Another segment with a serious content is the one focusing on Veterans Day. This is a “film recognizing the heroes of the past, present, and the future,” reads the statement in the video.

Creighton said all her students work on different segments and different phases of production for each of the shows.

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