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WAKE TV selects four Reagan students for new mentorship program


March 11, 2009

WAKE TV, Wake Forest University’s student-run television station, has selected four Reagan High School students to participate in its inaugural mentorship program.  Initiated and organized by Wake Forest senior Alex Saks, the mentorship program offers high school students interested in television or film the opportunity to learn from college students working with a university television station or with a university-sponsored film festival.

Area high schools were sent applications in early January, and participants were selected by a group of Wake Forest students.   This year, each of the four high school students selected was matched with a mentor from the Reynolda Film Festival, which is sponsored by WAKE TV.  Students will work alongside their mentors during the festival April 1-5.  

  • Senior Isabel Echeverri will work with John McGowan, Wake Forest senior and festival marketing coordinator.
  • Sophomore Jacob Wells will work with Sam Smartt, Wake Forest senior and the festival’s filmmaker liaison.
  • Senior Mary Kathryn Snider will partner with Max Negin, lecturer in communication at Wake Forest and the festival’s faculty advisor.
  • Sophomore Trey Vickers will work with Saks, executive director of the festival.

“The primary focus of both WAKE TV and the Reynolda Film Festival is to serve the campus,” said Saks, “but it struck me that neither organization was doing any community service, and in light of our university’s motto, ‘Pro Humanitate,’ that didn’t seem right.”  Because both organizations require large time commitments from students, Saks believed a mentorship program was a good compromise.  “This way, we are able to reach out to local high school students while still getting our work done,” said Saks.

Initiated in 2008, the Reynolda Film Festival is organized and led completely by Wake Forest students.  It features a blend of entertainment, education and competition designed to promote the art of filmmaking and challenge and inspire rising filmmakers. 

WAKE TV produces “WAKE TV News,” a weekly news broadcast, “DeacCast,” a show featuring football and basketball highlights, and “Messing with Minds,” a program that looks into the world of psychological illusion. WAKE TV also tapes special events and interviews on campus and is the sponsor of the Reynolda Film Festival.

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