A Digital Media Experience

nineNetwork of Public Media | Nine Academy

American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen

T2S is partnering with the Nine Network of Public Media on the American Graduate initiative to present a three-part fully inclusive digital media experience developing student communication skills for the purpose of averting an academic crisis.

“American Graduate,” a nation-wide public media effort, is engaging and empowering teachers, parents and students to help those most at risk of dropping out through community collaborations, content creation, and classroom resources. When students understand that school is critical to a successful life and that others care about their overall well-being, they are much more motivated to pursue academic excellence!

T2S contributes to this effort by capturing personal stories of those committed to assisting kids succeed in and outside of the classroom. As part of the NineNet Academy experience, students will:

Jun 06 | Part I  Tour the Nine Network facilities to better understand digital media from: program concept and production, set design, camera placement, lighting, sound, on-air talent, control room, editing and broadcast functions. Develop story concepts: the What, When, How, Where and When...and sign out video cameras to record interesting viewpoints. They will then interview respected persons from diverse walks of life to find out:

o   What makes you love knowing more and expanding your mind?
o   When did you know that school was going to be so important in your life?
o   How do you stay active in school activities; both class and extra-curricular?
o   How do you stay away from negative peer pressure?
o   Where do you experience your greatest academic successes and challenges in high school and/or college?
o   Why should others actively tutor, volunteer and mentor young people about school success?
o   What you do to ensure that kids stay in school?

Jun 13 | Part II  Return to the Nine Network to share interviewing experiences with other students. Learn how to sequence, add music, captions and edit footage from Nine Network digital media experts. Students will take home finished projects and possibly have them posted online at ninenet.org/AmericanGraduate as part of the American Graduate initiative.

Oct 22 | Part III  Return to the Nine Network for a live in-studio, and online screening of “The PowerBroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights.” Participate in a panel discussion featuring “PowerBroker” producer Bonnie Boswell and greater St. Louis region community leaders to develop action items to help address the national high school drop-out crisis. T2S students will also interview and record audience member feedback of the screening and use #AmGradSTL to encourage people to learn more about the American Graduate Initiative.

When leaders communicate with clear direction and passion, they inherit the power to change lives for the better. This series exemplifies everything T2S stands for…empowering education in action!

22 Oct

13 Jun

06 Jun

                                                             2014 Flight Experience Schedule              

                                     January                   April                       July                   September

We Fly!                    01 Wednesday       12 Saturday           12 Saturday          06 Saturday                                                                                 

1st Alt Date                                             19 Saturday           19 Saturday           

2nd Alt Date                                                N/A                     26 Saturday         

Class 2014 -03 | Super 7

Class 2014 -02 | Fierce Four

Class 2014 -01 | F5 - The First Five

Flying over Highland. Film courtesy of Raven Flight Foundation

Why just dream about soaring among the clouds when you can actually do it for yourself? That's RFF's mission. Join CEO and President James Samuel as his foundation trains, educates and mentors the next generation of pilots to fly and lead in aviation!

A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, James has an incredible leadership track record. He taught Air Force Academy cadets how to fly sailplanes/gliders, won numerous awards in military pilot training (including “Distinguished Graduate” and “Top Gun”), became a F-15C jet fighter pilot, and now serves our country as a Senior Executive Service ("SES") leader in the Department of Defense. This man, is who you want teaching you how to master the skies!

Mr. James A. Samuel, Jr.
CEO and President

Raven Flight Foundation ("RFF")

At Highland, IL. Gwinet Air Field

 14 Sep

STS-129 Launch. Film courtesy of NASAtelevision. 

STS-129 Launch Countdown. Film courtesy of NASAKennedy

The accomplished Dr. Johnson develops and implements NASA's education program's designed to strengthen involvement and public awareness about the agency's scientific goals and missions. In addition, he represents the Agency in partnership with the White House's National Science and Technology Council on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ("CoSTEM") initiatives.

Dr. Johnson also directed programs built to advance the participation of minorities, women, girls, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering disciplines for over 20 years at the National Science Foundation. How to conquer space should now be clear, talk to Dr. Johnson and the stars are yours!

Your dream is to ride the cosmic winds deep into the center of the EZ Aquarii star system. So who knows about the brainpower needed to excel at intergalactic exploration? Your education expert is none other than Dr. Roosevelt Y. Johnson.  

Dr. Roosevelt Y. Johnson

Deputy Associate Administrator for Education

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

From Washington, D.C. NASA returns to 

Amelia V. Carriel & Cardinal Ritter College Prep

15 Sep

16 Sep

#2 Spencer Massey vs. #1 Antron Brown. Film courtesy of PowerJunkie.

Three Hundred and Twenty Five miles per hour...that makes drag racing champion Antron Brown just about the fastest man on Earth! But guts isn't enough when victory is measured faster than a blink. Speed like that only comes with trust, teamwork and insane amounts of study. Antron will tell you that fast drivers are a dime a dozen. The Champion is the driver who's mind, body, team, car and Faith are best prepared to face off against all challengers. Now, with seatbelts strapped, we return to Gateway Motorsports Park to meet the Champ again!

26 Sep

Mr. Antron Brown

2012 NHRA Top Fuel Champion

Return trip to Gateway Motorsports Park



The Modern Guardian of Hard Bop...that, is Jazz Trumpeter, Mr. Sean Jones. As Leader of the Quartet bearing his name, Mr. Jones teaches, and performs the very best of hard groovin' jazz. His credits include Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra co-lead trumpeter along with Wynton Marsalis and featured lead on Nancy Wilson's 2007 Grammy Award-winning album "Turned to Blue". With five albums under his belt, it is impossible to listen to Mr. Jones masterful taming of the trumpet and sit still at the same time! His, is music that moves souls. Audiences the world over, and now, OTHS students will never forget their event with the Sean Jones Quartet. T2S graciously thanks our partners at Jazz STL and the Emerson Jazz in the Schools program for their support of the fine arts.

SRT Brand overview with CEO Ralph V. Gilles. Film courtesy of DriveSRT. 

24 Apr

Sean Jones "Transitions" Live at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Film courtesy of Mack Avenue Records.

 06 Mar

Mr. Gilles live video-conference rescheduled for a date TBD.

Ralph Gilles is power! As Head of Design and Motorsports for Chrysler, LLC, he has the final say on how their high performing sedans, coupes and SUVs interact with families, as well as keeping power-hungry Mopar fans excited about their favorite brand! First, he revitalized the full sized car as the Father of the modern Chrysler 300. Now his design, engineering and marketing savvy is responsible for delivering to the public vehicles that offer unrivaled comfort, style, safety and performance. Students talking to Ralph will gain exclusive insight into what it takes to lead an automotive brand in a fiercely competitive global marketplace. Ralph Gilles is physics, math, and automotive passion in action!

Mr. Sean Jones

JazzTimes Magazine Best New Artist & Associate Professor of Music

At O'Fallon Township HS, IL courtesy of Jazz STL / Emerson Jazz in the Schools


Mr. Ralph V. Gilles

Head of Design and Motorsports

Chrysler Group, LLC

Live Video-conference: Amelia V. Carriel Jr. HS