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JCTV: the latest buzz at Jesuit
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Christian Thurley and Jack Taylor take a break from on-screen life at Jesuit TV.
Jesuit High School photo
Christian Thurley and Jack Taylor take a break from on-screen life at Jesuit TV.
Claire McCarthy

The latest buzz at Jesuit High School is the sports broadcast club, Jesuit Crusaders Television (JCTV). The club was introduced to the student body as an extra-curricular activity in September 2013, and recently completed a successful fall season that included live broadcasts of all home varsity football games and the majority of home soccer games.

JCTV is a completely student-run organization with members performing all roles necessary for the broadcast such as announcing, producing, and operating the camera. Any student is welcome to join, and club membership has more than doubled since the beginning of the school year.

“I decided to join JCTV because sports are a huge part of my life, and I was excited about another way to stay connected with the sports at Jesuit,” said junior Christian Thurley, cameraman and color commentator.

JCTV provides students the opportunity to experience a different outlet of sports off the playing field. Although no experience is necessary to join the club, most members are big fans and are quite knowledgeable about sports.

“Not only do I enjoy watching and broadcasting games, but I am also amazed by the fact that we are able to reach hundreds of people and bring them a game they would otherwise be unable to see,” said junior Thomas Vickers, football play-by-play announcer.
By streaming online, JCTV is able to reach Crusader fans not only all over the country but internationally as well. More than 1,600 people tuned into JCTV for the Holy War, the famed football game between Jesuit and Central Catholic.

“JCTV is off to a great start and will continue to grow and transform each year as students learn more and more about television production,” said club moderator Scott Powers.

“I'm very excited about the future of JCTV,” said club mentor and parent volunteer Steve Mueller. “The possibilities for the variety of broadcasts we do are endless. The progress the students have made is tremendous. They are young professionals who know the bar we set is high and really care about the quality of their work. I couldn't be more proud.”
With interest and viewership rising, JCTV is eager to tackle an extensive winter schedule that includes all home varsity basketball games.

To see Jesuit TV, go to www.jesuitportland.org/jctv.

The writer is a senior at Jesuit.

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