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LRHS senior Stephen Brown broadcasts football games

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS TV production teacher Jessica Pellicone has brought a new club to LRHS called SkillsUSA. This club focuses on broadcasting LRHS sporting events online.

Pellicone gained inspiration for this club from Southeast High School.

Pellicone said, “In order for the program to come together, I got into contact with (TV production teacher) Amanda Clark from Southeast. I shadowed their SkillsUSA program and brought what I learned to my site.”

Athletic director Kent Ringquist and the Manatee County school district helped Pellicone get in contact with the right people in order to get the equipment needed and fund the project.

SkillsUSA helps bring real-world experiences to its members. They gain insight on how to set up and take down equipment, film, and announce.

Senior Steven Brown actively participates in this club during football games at LRHS.

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“Broadcasting is a career that I would like to pursue in the future and this club is the perfect opportunity to prepare myself for the real world,” said Brown.

SkillsUSA also helps Mustangs learn how to communicate and build teamwork skills. Members of the club have to interact with other members, teachers, coaches, and student athletes in order for things to run smoothly.

Pellicone said, “In the SkillsUSA club, teamwork is key. It takes us approximately six to seven hours per game from start to finish. Without teamwork and communication, broadcasting the game would not be possible.”

“Bringing SkillsUSA to LRHS is a win, win. Now, all the family and friends of the football players can be included and stay in the loop,” added Pellicone.

For more information about SkillsUSA contact Pellicone at