Archive for Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New screen, TV give THS added feature in hallways

December 19, 2007

The hallways of Tonganoxie High School near the main gymnasium entrance have received a recent boost in technology.

Tonganoxie administrators and coaches spent both snow days last week installing a 42-inch flat screen television and a 7-by-9-foot projection screen in the hallways outside the gym.

The equipment, which was funded through the THS athletics department, cost between $1,500 and $2,000, according to THS principal Jamie Carlisle.

THS administrators installed the equipment just in time for the first home game of the season Thursday against Lansing. In fact, the administrators built the projection screen themselves.

The projection screen, which is near the concession stand, had a live feed of the Tonganoxie varsity boys and girls games Thursday. It will continue to have live feeds of all Tonganoxie varsity boys and girls games this season.

"People who don't like to go to the concession stand during the game can now do that and still watch the game," Tonganoxie athletics director Brandon Parker said. "It's unique and fan-friendly."

Eventually, the projection screen might have even more to offer.

"We're still waiting to see on cable," Parker said. "It's a work in progress."

During school hours, the projection screen has music-playing capabilities and displays announcements to THS students throughout the day.

The screen also displays the work of the media class at THS.

"A lot of people are talking about it," Parker said of the new equipment. "You don't see that everywhere. There are various ways to recognize kids now, through pictures, video and the memorabilia areas. We just want to present the full spectrum of the student here at Tonganoxie."

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