CHANNEL ONE NEWS SHOW SCRIPT 5/29/09
- Teacher of the Year
- Surprise Prom
- Parkersburg Grad
- Next Big Thing
JUSTIN: HEY EVERYONE IT'S FRIDAY MAY 29TH.
JESSICA: THE LAST SHOW OF THE SEASON.
SEVEN: SO THE THREE OF US ARE HERE TOGETHER TO KICK IT OFF AND WE'VE
GOT AN AWESOME SHOW PLANNED OUT FOR YOU. BESIDES BOOKS, TESTS, AND
GRADES WHAT REALLY MAKES UP YOUR EXPERIENCES IN HIGH SCHOOL?
JESSICA: WELL, THAT’S OUR THEME FOR TODAY’S SHOW.
JUSTIN: SO, FOR THE LAST TIME FOR THIS SEASON, CHANNEL ONE NEWS STARTS
JESSICA: FIRST OFF, IT'S TIME TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO ALL YOU CHANNEL
ONE TEACHERS OUT THERE.
STEVEN: THAT’S RIGHT, WHETHER IT'S STAYING AFTER SCHOOL OR SPENDING
YOUR WEEKENDS WORKING, WE KNOW THAT MANY OF YOU GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO
MAKE SURE YOUR STUDENTS GET THE BEST EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITIES OUT
JUSTIN: AND I TALKED TO SOMEONE WHO KNOWS THAT ALL TOO WELL.
JUSTIN: IT'S HARD TO TELL AT FIRST BUT ANTHONY MULLEN ISN'T YOUR
AVERAGE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER. FIRST OF ALL, HIS STUDENTS CALL HIM TONY.
(SOT: Jorie Davis) “He's not like a regular teacher, he's different.”
(SOT: Jorie Davis) “Teachers I don't really talk to a lot, but Tony I
can talk to like he's a friend, comes at you like a friend.”
JUSTIN: AND JUST LAST MONTH TONY STOOD SIDE BY SIDE WITH ANOTHER
POPULAR MAN, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WHO NAMED HIM 2009'S NATIONAL
TEACHER OF THE YEAR.
JUSTIN: TONY ADMITS BEING HONORED BY THE NEWEST COMMANDER IN CHIEF IN
THE WHITE ROSE GARDEN IS IN ITSELF AWESOME.
JUSTIN: BUT THERE'S ANOTHER STORY HE COULDN'T WAIT TO TELL HIS
(SOT: Tony Mullen) “The first thing he said to me was Tony, my wife and
I, Michelle, come from ordinary backgrounds.”
(SOT: Obama) “Michelle and I don’t come from a fancy background. The
only reason that we are here is because at some point there were people
like Tony who helped steer us in the right direction.”
JUSTIN: IT'S A STORY THAT GRABBED THE ATTENTION OF TONY'S STUDENTS.
WHEN YOUR STUDENTS HEARD THAT STORY, WHAT DID THEY SAY?
(SOT: ) “They were amazed.”
JUSTIN: HELPING AT RISK STUDENTS TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND IS WHY TONY
LEFT BEHIND HIS CAREER AS A COP AND STARTED TEACHING AT ARCH HIGH
SCHOOL IN GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT EIGHT YEARS AGO.
(SOT: Tony Mullen) “All too often you would see a young person 14, 15
sitting behind the bars of your precinct an you realize that they made
a really bad decision or did something wrong. But the real tragic part
of it was that when you spoke with them, you found out that they had no
body in their lives, no positive adult role models in their lives.”
JUSTIN: NOW, TONY IS THAT POSITIVE ROLE MODEL FOR HIS STUDENTS.
(SOT: Yuki Fujita) “He was always there for me, always gave me time
when I needed to talk with him.”
JUSTIN: DO YOU THINK THAT HAVING A VARIED HISTORY MAKES HIM MORE
RELATABLE AS A TEACHER?
(SOT: ) “I think it's his charisma, he's really nice, the way he
approaches people, it's very genuine. You can see that he’s a good
person inside and out.”
JUSTIN: AND GUYS, TONY HAS A JAM PACKED SUMMER COMING UP, AT LEAST ONE
HUNDRED EVENTS PLANNED ALREADY.
STEVEN: SO YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO CHECK OUT STORIES LIKE THAT IN YOUR
CLASSROOM OVER THE SUMMER.
JESSICA: BUT YOU CAN KEEP UP WITH US AND CATCH THE LATEST NEWS AT
CHANNEL ONE DOT COM.
JUSTIN: NEXT UP, EVEN THOUGH IT'S THE END OF THE YEAR, I'M SURE A LOT
OF YOU ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AT PROM.
JESSICA: AND IF YOU WENT THIS YEAR, I HOPE YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF SOME
OF THE COST CUTTING TIPS I TOLD YOU ABOUT!
STEVEN: AND TODAY GUYS, I'VE GOT THE STORY ABOUT ONE GROUP OF STUDENTS
IN GEORGIA THAT DIDN'T GO TO ONE BUT TWO PROMS THIS YEAR FOR A PRETTY
SPECIAL REASON. CHECK THIS OUT.
STEVEN: PROM SEASON HAS COME AND GONE, THE DECORATIONS ARE DOWN, THE
MUSIC HAS FADED AND THE DRESSES HANG ON THE RACKS WAITING FOR NEXT
STEVEN: BUT NOT HERE, THEY’RE GETTING READY. THE MAKEUP, THE HAIR, THE
STEVEN: GETTING READY FOR ONE MORE PROM.
STEVEN: SOME MIGHT CALL 18 YEAR OLD RAVEN JOHNSON LUCKY. DIAGNOSED WITH
AN IMMUNE SYSTEM DISEASE, SHE'S BEEN HOSPITALIZED NINE TIMES IN THE
LAST THREE YEARS.
(SOT: Yolanda Johnson) “She was given less than a twenty percent chance
STEVEN: JUST LAST MONTH, RAVEN WAS HOSPITALIZED AGAIN. HER BODY WAS
ATTACKING ITSELF AGAIN AND SHE WAS PUT ON LIFE SUPPORT AGAIN. AND THEN,
AFTER TWO WEEKS OF HEAVY SEDATION SHE CAME OUT OF IT AGAIN. HER BODY
HAD TAKEN A HIT, BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT BOTHERED RAVEN THE MOST.
(SOT: ) “She starts bawling when she says, 'two weeks! Two weeks!
Aaaaaaah!' She missed her prom. And so she was more devastated over
missing her prom than she was the appearance, and the possible surgery
on her fingers, uh and toes.”
STEVEN: SHE'D MISSED HER PROM AND THERE WAS NOTHING ANYONE COULD DO
ABOUT IT OR WAS THERE?
(SOT: ) “The light went off in my head and I started thinking, well,
we've done other crazy things outside the box, got creative in
providing care for kids.”
STEVEN: AND SO THE HOSPITAL STAFF HATCHED A PLAN, TO THROW A PROM. THE
FOOD AND FLOWERS WOULD BE DONATED, A PHOTOGRAPHER AND D.J. WOULD BE
THERE AND IT WOULD ALL BE A SURPRISE FOR RAVEN.
STEVEN: BUT HOW COULD THEY PULL IT OFF? WITH THE HELP OF TEENA GAMBLE.
STEVEN: TEENA IS A FRIEND OF RAVEN'S FAMILY WHO HAPPENS TO BE A
PROFESSIONAL MAKEOVER ARTIST.
STEVEN: SHE ASKED RAVEN TO BE A PART OF A STORY ON HER MAKEOVERS AND
THEN WENT TO WORK PICKING OUT A DRESS AND ACCESSORIES ARRANGING A
HAIRSTYLIST AND A MAKEUP ARTIST.
STEVEN: BUT THERE WAS NO STORY, SHE WAS ACTUALLY PREPPING RAVEN FOR
STEVEN: DOWNSTAIRS, THE HOSPITAL STAFF TRANSFORMED A CONFERENCE ROOM
INTO A PARTY ROOM.
STEVEN: AND OVER AT ROCKDALE HIGH SCHOOL, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS BOARDED
A BUS FOR THE TRIP OVER TO THE HOSPITAL FOR ONE MORE PROM.
(SOT: Kyle Berry) “I think it will make her a lot happier that she
actually had a prom her senior year. And it's with her close friends.”
STEVEN: RAVEN ENTERED EXPECTING A PHOTO SHOOT BUT INSTEAD SAW FAMILY
AND FRIENDS THERE FOR HER PROM.
(SOT: ) “I saw my friend Kadrian and then I saw everybody else, and I
was just like 'wow' I was speechless.”
STEVEN: RAVEN JOHNSON HAS HEARD MANY TIMES THAT SHE WAS NEVER EXPECTED
TO GET THIS FAR.
(SOT: ) “They gave me a little door hanger that says if, if you're
handed it, you can handle it. So, I hope they learn don't let
circumstances discourage you.”
STEVEN: AND FOR THIS PROM ROCKDALE HIGH STUDENTS DECIDED THEIR THEME
WAS A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS WITH ONE SPECIAL AWARD FOR RAVEN BEST
STEVEN: NOW, DID YOU SNAP SOME GOOD PHOTOS FROM YOUR PROM? WELL, WE
WANT TO SEE THEM UPLOAD YOU PHOTOS AND CHECK OUT EVERYONE ELSE'S AT
CHANNELONE.COM, LOOK FOR PRIMP MY PROM.
STEVEN: WE’RE BACK, NOW THE LAST HIGHLIGHT OF HIGH SCHOOL IS ALWAYS
PUTTING ON THAT CAP AND GOWN.
JUSTIN: AND JESS A SCHOOL YOU VISITED JUST HAD A SPECIAL GRADUATION
JESSICA: THAT'S RIGHT, AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR, I VISITED
THE APLINGTON PARKERSBURG HIGH SCHOOL IN IOWA ON ITS FIRST DAY OF
JESSICA: THE STUDENTS WERE GETTING READY NOT ONLY FOR A NEW YEAR BUT
ALSO A COMPLETELY NEW CAMPUS.
JESSICA: DURING THE PREVIOUS SPRING THEIR OLD SCHOOL HAD BEEN
COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY A TORNADO.
(SOT: ) “I didn’t expect to loose my entire house.”
JESSICA: SO IN THE FALL STUDENTS SQUEEZED INTO A NEIGHBORING MIDDLE
SCHOOL. CONSTRUCTION TO MAKE ROOM FOR THEM WASN'T QUITE FINISHED.
(SOT: Elizabeth Peterson) “We're in the portable for our business class
and it’s all freshman and it’s kind of weird, there's lots of drilling,
construction work so it’s kind of hard to hear sometimes.”
JESSICA: FIVE MILES ACROSS TOWN ONLY BARE FIELDS REMAINED WHERE THEIR
OLD SCHOOL ONCE STOOD. BUT THIS IS WHERE STUDENTS RETURNED 9 MONTHS
(SOT: ) “None of us imagined we'd be here, graduating on the football
JESSICA: THE FOOTBALL FIELD WAS THE FIRST THING TO BE CLEANED UP AND
WHERE THE 2009 CLASS WANTED THEIR GRADUATION CEREMONY TO BE HELD.
JESSICA: FOR THE FOOTBALL TEAM AS WELL AS THE ENTIRE TOWN THOSE 100
YARDS ARE SACRED.
(SOT: Colin Tenney) “It was good just because it's a familiar place for
us. Like us guys on the team really love this field.”
JESSICA: FOR MANY, THE FOOTBALL FIELD SERVES AS A PLACE OF PROTECTION
AND CALM, AFTER A YEAR OF HAVING THEIR LIVES TURNED UPSIDE DOWN.
(SOT: Ethan Ulfers) “Definitely a lot of sentimental meaning. Coming
back and being able to play here this year was awesome and coming to
graduation here after everything that's happened has been a pretty big
deal I think for everyone.”
(SOT: Dave Meyer) “It's a great day for our kids and just a climax to
their school year and what they've been through and what they've done
as a senior class.”
JESSICA: SOME STUDENTS SAY THIS EXPERIENCE HAS MADE THEIR CLASS EVEN
(SOT: Sadie Mennen) “There was a lot of positives and negatives, but I
think that overall, it was a positive experience, and we really came
together as a class.”
JESSICA: THE 2009 CLASS OF APLINGTON PARKERSBURG HIGH MAY BE FOREVER
CHANGED. BUT THEY'LL ALWAYS BE
(SOT: ) “We are the Aplington Parkersburg class of 2009.”
JESSICA: FOREVER FALCONS.
JESSICA: ALRIGHT, NOW IT’S TIME TO CHECK IN WITH GARY ONE LAST TIME FOR
THE NEXT BIG THING.
GARY: HEY EVERYONE, LAST WEEK WE TOLD YOU ABOUT STICK ON SUNGLASSES.
ONLY 9% OF YOU SAID THEY'D STICK EM ON, BUT THE OTHER 91% SAID YOU'D
STICK THESE IN THE TRASH!
GARY: ALTHOUGH THIS IS THE LAST NEXT BIG THING OF THE SEASON, YOU GUYS
CAN CHECK OUT NEW GADGETS, TRENDS AND FASHIONS ALL SUMMER LONG AT
CHANNELONE.COM, SO GO CHECK THEM OUT AND MAKE SURE YOU VOTE! YOU GUYS
HAVE A GOOD ONE.
STEVEN: WELL GUYS THAT WRAPS UP OUR SEASON.
JESSICA: AND FROM EVERYONE AT CHANNEL ONE, WE HOPE YOU HAVE AN AWESOME
JUSTIN: AND WE'LL SEE YA BACK HERE IN AUGUST.