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HIGH SCHOOLERS WRITE, EDIT AND RECORD THEIR OWN TV NEWS SHOW, WRSS, TO RUN ON ACCESS 16

When they were tasked with presenting local school news in their own way, Savannah Deal and Justin Kimber decided to have some fun. Deal and Kimber, co-anchors of the WRSS student news team, introduced their latest stories from the ferris wheel at the Rowan County Fair.WRSS was developed by the Rowan-Salisbury School System over the summer. It involves six students — one from each of the system's traditional public high schools — and airs on local access channel Access16."We're taking the news and trying to present it in the most creative way we can think of," Deal said.The anchors greet viewers at the start and end of the show, and they introduce each of the stories that the field reporters cover.Those reporters are Jake Kennedy from West Rowan High School, Victor Pereira from East Rowan High School, J.C. Burton from Salisbury High School and Taylor Kluttz from South Rowan High School.Deal, a senior at Jesse C. Carson High School, said TV journalism is related to her interest in drama and theater. She said the idea for a news show run by students from different schools is "fantastic.""I think you really don't know what's going on at other schools unless you know someone that goes there," she said. "The more ties we can form with each other, the more informative we can be."

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