Leo High School begins its 90th year of serving Chicago with a new opportunity - a television production studio.
A donor has provided a studio ( WCHI NEWS) and all of the equipment to begin giving Leo students the chance to learn television production skills in front of and behind the cameras.
This digital television production studio will eventually be directed and operated by Leo students and advisors from the school and colleges like Columbia College, as well as media professionals from Chicago.
President Dan McGrath and the donor conducted a series of meetings this summer to discuss feasibilty and implementaion of the gift.
On August 18th McGrath's Committee met in the Leo Board to set immediate goals. Leo Alumnus, retired Sun Times Sports writer and PR executive William Figel*, Chicago based actress and Columbia College Alumna Kara Zediker **and Editor John Weeks of WCHI News offered counsel. This committee agreed after two hours that the month of September provided our students with three big school events for student reports.
- Chicago Sports Team visit ( as yet must be kept secret) at Leo September 15th
- Entrepreneur and scion of the Jackie Robinson legacy, David Robinson’s Visit September 16th
- West Point Cadet and Leo Boxing Event September 19th
Students will begin shadowing WCHI's John Weeks and other tech savvy pros in the editing. sound mixing and animation in production.
Leo High School will begin the process of resourcing student talent from Columbia College, who will supervise students along with a moderator from Leo High School, as interns gaining academic credit for hours served. Interns will help Mr. Weeks in training cameramen, sound and animation production, lighting gaffers and script production and editing.
With footage and some practice in editing our goal will be to have a basic quality product to show prospective parents, use in recruitment, put up on You Tube, and attach to grant requests.
Leo VP, football coach and father figure Mike Holmes showed the Media Resource Center to John Weeks being constructed in the old Leo library at the moment.
This is an opportunity that comes at no better time in the proud history of Leo High School. .
* Mr. Figel teaches Leo's Journalism Course - pro bono.
** Ms. Zediker appeared recently on NBC's Chicago PD and may soon grace the small screen on Chicago Med.