West Branch Students Get Behind the Camera

West Branch students in grades 9-12 take the opportunity to live-stream extracurricular events for the school.


Image/Graphics by Shalee Hoover

Live-stream technicians broadcast a girls’ basketball game in the high school new gym.

At the beginning of the school year, students in grades 9-12 got the opportunity to film live-stream home sporting events for the West Branch High School. Students in this role become go-to people for live-streaming on-site occasions such as sports competitions, graduation, theater performances, etc. With the help of another member of the live-streaming crew, students broadcast the events via BoxCast to make the video available to the community.

The technical staff decided on this change, noticing that other schools around West Branch permitted their students to live stream sporting events. Following their lead, the West Branch Technology Department created a live-streaming process and invited students to join. During their planning, they decided to pay said students, depending on how many games they streamed.

Once they finalized the decision, the administration approached the school board to fund student payroll. “It’s a good way to learn how to work for the money you get,” stated live-stream technician Mazi Bender. Their decision to implement student streaming has proven successful thus far, and the staff is excited to see what the live-streaming program will offer in the future.

If you are a high school student interested in student live-streaming, see Mrs. Peterson for an application. After completing an application, students undergo an interview process. Thank you to the current live-streamers for your hard work this year! We hope to see more students join the crew in the coming months.