Students in the NDP Live Club at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale hosted an eight-hour telethon-style livestream as part of the school’s third annual Mardi Gras Giving Day.
More than $86,000 was raised on Feb. 16 to benefit the school’s Saints Fund, which provides current-use dollars for tuition assistance, technology and this year, sanitation and health supplies for students and faculty safety on campus, according to a press release.
With direction and guidance from Notre Dame Prep’s advancement personnel, it took students weeks to film, edit and create a script for the production that was livestreamed for the community to watch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LE8t5G1nxrw&t=208s.
“I was so tired when it was over,” said one of the show’s co-anchors, NDP senior Juju Montes, in a prepared statement. “But it was worth it because we reached our goal of $50,000 early, and then went on to raise even more money for our school.”
Lead anchors for NDP Live, the media club at Notre Dame Prep for the past three years, Ms. Montes and fellow senior Bennett Curran delivered the news, providing updates on money raised and conducting interviews with notable people in the NDP community, the release said.
The team produced 84 videos with live top-of-the-hour updates and entertaining segments during the eight-hours including information about Notre Dame Prep programs and people. The broadcast featured stories about students, faculty members, academic programs, athletics, the arts and alumni stories.
“It was a celebration of all the things we love about our school,” said NDP Annual Campaigns and Alumni Engagement Coordinator Jenni Douglas in a prepared statement.
Minutes before going on air, the NDP Live crew was notified that they earned eight awards from the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association for their body of work last school year including:
The AIPA awards will be presented at Gammage sometime this spring, according to the release
“I’m so proud of these kids,” said NDP Live Club moderator Jayce Henderson in a prepared statement. “They are professional beyond their years and work really hard to produce quality content. The success of Giving Day is all theirs.”
Notre Dame Prep, 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale, is a Catholic diocesan college preparatory high school with a co-ed enrollment of 804 students. The school has received national recognition for the caliber of its academic, arts and athletic programs.