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Digital Media Students Spent Spring Break Working at RGV Livestock Show

Friday, March 22, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

DMDT TeamIt’s the ultimate behind the scenes gig.

For seven years, the Digital Media Digital Technology (DMDT) students at Texas State Technical College have taken their cameras and knowledge learned in the classroom and applied to real life at the Rio Grande Livestock Show (RGVLS) in Mercedes.

It all started when longtime instructor Uvaldo Presas contacted RGVLS committee chairperson Sam Magee about involving the digital media students with the livestock show in order to give them real world experience.

Magee agreed and the partnership between the RGVLS and the DMDT students has been a successful one ever since. Last week, 24 DMDT students spent their Spring Break at the livestock showgrounds taking photographs and shooting video for the RGVLS.

“The students assist in the media coverage of the livestock show,” Presas said. “They cover every aspect of the livestock show. From the livestock judging to the food, attractions and performers. They cover it all and it’s a great opportunity for them (students) to get experience.”

Students are graded on their participation and are required to attend the livestock show at least one day out of the week.

For second-year student Andrea Monasmith, being there the entire week was the best way she could have spent her Spring Break.

Monasmith worked the livestock show last year as part of her assignment. This year she returned on a volunteer basis to help other students and continue to apply what she’s learned in the classroom.

“We’re one of the cool people walking around with the cameras,” Monasmith said. “We’re allowed in the VIP sections and we get to work behind the scenes the whole time and see how things are run.”

But it’s much more than fun and games for Monasmith and her classmates. She said applying what they’ve learned from instructors like Presas to real-life situations is the ultimate payoff for them.

“Everything moves faster in real life and he (Presas) prepares us well for that,” Monasmith said. “He’s always on us to speak up and make sure we get our shot. He teaches us how to carry ourselves in the field.”

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