The Arcadia Student Film Festival is set for Monday night May 14, 6:15 PM at the Harkins Shea 14 Theaters. The Award winning Arcadia ANN/Film students will showcase their talents at this annual event, under the direction of Instructor Eric Luse. This is the Arcadia Media Communications Program’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The program very much needs new camera equipment – which is quite expensive. The Media Comm Students are seeking Sponsorships and Raffle items for the Film Festival.
Sponsorship levels include:
Preferred Sponsor $400 – Full Page Ad in Film Festival Program
Gold Sponsor $200 – Half Page Ad
Silver Sponsor $100 – Quarter Page Ad
Business Sponsor $50 – Business Card Ad
Raffle donations can include gift cards from local businesses, movie tickets, sporting event tickets, concert tickets, museum tickets, Botanical Garden tickets, camera or film equipment or services, Behind the Scenes Tours of Local TV or Radio Stations, gift baskets of food, wine or other items, stay at weekend homes – anything and everything is welcome. For further information on Film Festival sponsorships or the raffle, please contact Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier at email@example.com or Rhonda Suder at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting the Arcadia Media Comm Program students.
Numerous members of the AHS National Honor Society helped pack meals at the Arcadia Cares: Food For Kids Packathon held on Saturday, March 24 at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. The final number of rice & bean meals packed at the 2018 event were 129,168! This doubled the number of meals packed at the first packathon in 2015 (62,708). The 2018 numbers improved upon the 2017 Packathon results by nearly 40,000 meals. With the 2018 numbers, the four-year total of meals packed is 356,834. Approximately 75% of the meals packed this year will go to the Valley View Community Food Bank to remain in Phoenix to serve needy children, families and individuals. Around 10,000 meals will be sent to the Navajo Nation Reservation in Northern Arizona and the remainder will be shipped to overseas locations. Food for Kidz, a non-profit organization based in Minnesota, provides staple ingredients, such as protein, rice, dehydrated vegetables, seasonings and vitamins, to make nutritious meals. Over 700 volunteers from the Arcadia community assisted with the Fourth Annual Packathon. The Packathon organizers thank the AHS National Honor Society for volunteering their time and supporting the Packathon. WAY TO GO TITANS!
Arcadia High School students earned one of the top awards at the Student Television & Film National Competition (“STN”) held in Nashville, Tennessee last week. The Arcadia students had to create, write, film, produce and edit a short documentary in 8 hours or less for the “Crazy 8s” Documentary Film Competition. The prompt for the documentary was “Sounds Good To Me”. For their efforts, the Titans were awarded one of the highest recognitions among hundreds of schools competing from all over the United States. Nearly 4,000 students from schools throughout the country, including Hawaii and Alaska, competed in multiple contests during the four-day event. In addition to the documentary competition, the Arcadia students were required to showcase their skills and talents in TV news & broadcasting, film writing, cinematography, editing and production based upon certain themes/prompts, specific time constraints and stringent rules. The competition was held March 15-18 at the Gaylord Hotel & Conference Center. Based on auditions, 10 juniors and seniors were selected to represent Arcadia at the National Competition:
Jacob Staudenmaier (senior)
Nick Forney (senior)
Dallas Greene (senior)
Narsah (Tate) Kharnis (senior)
Christopher Smith (junior)
Rachael Schulman (junior)
Lindsay Formica (junior)
Max Swiergol (junior)
Dash McDonald (junior)
Alex Teneyck (junior)
Eric Luse, Arcadia High School ANN & Film Instructor, and another SUSD teacher served as chaperones for the competition. Thank you to everyone who supported these students with donations and other assistance, making it possible for them to compete against other Film & TV students at the National level. CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE STUDENTS FOR THEIR AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS!
Ms. Tichio grew up in Hicksville, New York, which is on Long Island. She went to Holy Trinity High School where she was also a Titan! However, she became an Arcadia Titan nine years ago when she joined the Science Department. She teaches Oceanography/Astronomy and Honors Earth Science. In the past, she taught a Dual Enrollment Geology class.
Ms. Tichio’s Educational background includes:
Staying active on Arcadia’s campus, Ms. Tichio has served on Site Council, is a member of the Technology Committee, and sponsors the students’ Ambassador Club. Along with Arcadia’s PTO, the Technology Committee has hosted several ‘tech’ lunches where teachers share knowledge with other teachers in order to improve and increase the use of tech-related materials in classrooms and beyond. While not teaching, you might see Ms. Tichio training for ultra-marathons (any race over 26.2 miles)!! She runs 6-7 days a week. She has completed several 50k’s, 50-milers (she won her last one), and attempted a 100-miler but broke her tailbone six weeks before the race and ended up dropping out at mile 59. This June, she will be running the San Diego 100 in hopes to redeem herself. (as if running 59 miles wasn’t a significant accomplishment in itself!) Ms. Tichio loves her students. She really enjoys getting to know them and hopefully inspiring them to do things they never would have thought of doing.
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT WORKING When not running, I also enjoy hiking and traveling as much as possible. DOG OR CAT PERSON? I have one of each but I prefer dogs ☺.
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MS TICHIO: I was an adjunct at Glendale Community College and taught Physical Geology.
Submitted Spring 2016
The 2018 Arizona Student Film Festival has announced the selection of its 15 finalists – which includes two films submitted by students in the Arcadia High School film program, under the direction of Instructor Eric Luse. This year’s competition had the most submissions ever, with films entered by hundreds of students all over the state of Arizona.
The Arcadia films selected were “Mute” and “Oasis” (links are below). “Mute” was undertaken as an Arcadia class project where the students were not permitted to use any music whatsoever in creating the film. The film focused on a situation of teenage bullying. Students involved in “Mute” were Jacob Staudenmaier, Dash McDonald, Lindsay Formica, Shane Babasick, Heather DeGroote and Costi Haig. The film “Oasis” was an independent project undertaken by Jacob Staudenmaier, with production assistance from Chris Smith. The film “Oasis” was prepared pursuant to the following prompt: “Without the use of dialogue or voice over, make a film that is less than two minutes long about a character making a difficult and dramatic decision. Show that the character is pulled in two different directions at an emotional level, visualize their process of consideration, and show that they make a decision.”
The winning film will be announced during
The Phoenix Film Festival
Harkins 101 Scottsdale Theaters
on April 14, 2018
For more information about the Arizona Student Film Festival:
Congratulations to these talented Arcadia film makers!
This is Adrian Chang’s first full year at Arcadia, however, he is not new to the campus. His first experience at Arcadia was through a random placement with Mrs. Dukelow for an internship. He describes the internship as one of the luckiest things to ever happen to him, learning so much from her that he knew he just had to come back to student teach at Arcadia as well… which he did! Later, after graduating from ASU in December 2016, Mr. Chang jumped on an opportunity to fill in for a math teacher who was on a leave of absence for the spring 2017 quarter. Mr. Chang describes himself as lucky, however, Arcadia students and staff are the lucky ones!... fortunate to be the recipients of his excellent teaching skills, positive attitude, enthusiasm and devotion to all Arcadia students! Mr. Chang’s educational background includes:
In addition to teaching Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, Mr. Chang serves as the Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach, is the teacher-sponsor for the Gosh Yarn Knit Club (students who teach peers how to knit bracelets which are taken to children’s hospitals), and is a volunteer chaperone at Calculus Camp in the spring (every spring, teachers from Arcadia, Coronado, Desert Mountain, and Saguaro High Schools spend a weekend in Prescott helping 100’s of AP Calc students review a year’s-worth of calculus curriculum for the upcoming AP exam). Aside from teaching, volleyball is another passion of Mr. Chang’s. So when Varsity Coach Jackie Bunker asked if he would like to be a part of her coaching staff this year, he immediately accepted!
Mr. Chang grew up in Scottsdale, and went to Desert Canyon Middle School. Upon finishing 8th grade, his family had the opportunity to move to South Korea and live closer to relatives for a few years. He attended an American high school in Seoul, Korea.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT ARCADIA:
Getting to interact with the amazing students at Arcadia every day!
HOBBIES OR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO WHEN NOT WORKING
Play and coach volleyball, read, spend time with my family
DOG OR CAT?
A RANDOM FACT ABOUT MR CHANG
I've been to five of the seven continents.
Submitted by Amanda McCauley Spring 2018
UPCOMING FOOTBALL EVENTS
Arcadia High School is pleased to introduce Kerry Taylor as their new head football coach. An Arizona resident, Coach Taylor played for Chandler Hamilton High School and Arizona State University prior to playing in the National Football League - including time with the Arizona Cardinals. Coach Taylor brings not just an impressive playing resume with him to Arcadia, but also coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate levels. He is excited for the opportunity to work with the Arcadia student-athletes to build skill, leadership, and character that will lead to success on the field and beyond.
Arcadia Principal Todd Stevens shares, “Coach Taylor will bring an infectious positive attitude to the football program and he will work tirelessly to ensure the best possible experiences for the members of the football team.”
Athletic Director Cher Fesenmaier agrees, “There is an undeniable presence when you’re in the same room with Coach Taylor. He exudes enthusiasm that is contagious and we couldn’t be more thrilled that Coach Taylor is now an Arcadia Titan! Many of our student-athletes aspire to where Coach Taylor has been, so his experience at all three levels will serve Arcadia well.”
Scottsdale Unified School District Athletic Director Nathan Slater stated “Coach Taylor will bring instant energy to the Arcadia football program along with NFL playing experience. We feel fortunate to have Kerry join the Scottsdale team.”
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