Early morning on Nov. 11, students gathered in the MIHS gym to show school spirit by attending the “How Cool Is Your School” assembly. Broadcasted live on Erie News Now at 6 a.m., students celebrated the some of the groups that make McDowell a “cool” place to learn.
Two McDowell students, Nicolette Gambill and Eleni Tzelati, submitted their video assignment to the contest, focusing on how McDowell gives back to the Erie community.
The students chose to showcase the Prep vs. McDowell football game honoring Ian Malesiewski as he struggles with a severed spinal cord injury. The video explains how the two rival schools came together to support the Cathedral Prep student, a seemingly unlikely gesture.
“I wanted to the respect that each school has for each other when it comes to serious situations like Ian’s injury,” Gambill said. “The game was a perfect example of that.”
After careful viewing by the contest’s judges, the video was one of the four finalists, each of whom hosted an early morning broadcast by local anchors Mark Soliday and Kara Coleman. Both hosts graduated from McDowell High School and focused their dialogue on the feelings they had coming back to their alma mater.
The segments highlighted McDowell’s Air Force ROTC Drill Team as they honored veterans on Veteran’s Day, McDowell’s Vocal Enssemble and Media Program, as well as cheerleaders and any students who wanted to arrive at school an hour early.
Due to the video’s success, the school won $250 in cash from Erie Community Credit Union and a $250 gift card to Amazon from Fortis. Stephanie Weiss said the money would be used to purchase a GoPro camera and some books for the Communications program.
As featured in the December 2016 issue of The Trojan Voice