Hometown Heroes: Boardman Center Middle School students rebuild TV station

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BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – For some time, Boardman Center Middle School has had its own student-run closed circuit TV network, televising announcements, the Pledge of Allegiance and the day’s weather.

But that station went dark when the studio was mistakenly dismantled earlier this year.

The TV station’s adviser, Lori Szoke, noticed the mistake when holding a summer rehearsal at the school.

“We found out that wires were disconnected, severed, etc. So we have not been able to broadcast at all throughout our school,” she said.

The future of the station looked bleak for Boardman Center Middle School, if it was not for the work of three students who stepped up to rebuild the station.

With no technical support, students Nick Johnson, Alec Yoder and Nick Geraci spent their summer at the school, rebuilding the set from scratch. The tortured path is sometimes the most rewarding, and the boys learned a lot in the process.

They had a long road ahead of them and no road map.

“We thought that it’s going to definitely take a long time before we get anything working at all, and it did,” Johnson said.

An electronic jigsaw puzzle, Yoder’s knowledge helped get the studio close to operational.

“I decided to help wire everything, because I know a lot about this kind of stuff,” he said.

Geraci said the work required putting wires and equipment in the right place, which proved challenging.

“When we were able to get the right piece of equipment and where it goes, it was exciting because we knew we were a step closer in the process,” he said.

Due to their hard work, Szoke nominated the boys for WYTV’s Hometown Heroes Award. She said she did so because she was impressed with their dedication.

“They don’t drive, so they get a ride here early in the morning. They’re here at lunch, and they stay after school,” she said.

The kids even had the foresight to make a manual, and label everything, so future students will not have any unexpected surprises.

For now, the students are waiting on one more piece of equipment. Once that arrives, the cameras will roll.

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