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Ball High School Media Arts & Digital Technology Community Wins Regional Magnet Award

Best Digital and Media Arts Program Ball High School


Ball High School Media Arts & Digital Technology Community Wins Regional Magnet Award


GALVESTON, TX (January 28, 2019) – Ball High School Media Arts & Digital Technology Community has been named as the Best Digital & Media Arts Program by Magnet Schools of the Mid-South (MSMS), the regional Magnet organization highlighting the academic achievement and magnet implementation for elementary, middle and high schools in schools which comprise seven states:  Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Schools were required to submit an application and documentation to successfully prove that their program is implemented with fidelity, including, but not limited to student achievement, program implementation and narrowing the socio-economic achievement gap.

Mike Dudas, Media Arts Coach at Ball High School, said “Our media program gives students a unique real and relevant opportunity to have hands-on experience in both a TV studio and radio station setting.  It’s show time on a daily basis and our students shine under the spotlight! ”  


 Best Digital & Media Arts Program Ball High School








The Media Arts and Digital Technologies (“Media”) Community at Ball High School is a theme-focused magnet with over 500 students in grades 9-12.  The Media Community functions as a school-within-a-school model and serves a diverse population.  Students operate a full-time on-air and online radio station, as well as produce videos for the campus and community. They broadcast a weekly Facebook Live show for our Chamber of Commerce and highlight different United Way programs on a weekly radio talk show. Other career paths include journalism, graphic design, animation, and visual arts. Partnerships give students access to mentors from the media industry, other educational entities, and local businesses. Students in the Media Magnet learn a variety of technical skills not only applicable to mass media production, but skills that support social media integration, communication, and marketing in a variety of existing and emerging fields.

Mr. Dudas and staff of Ball High School were recognized during a special ceremony held at Magnet Schools of the Mid-South’s annual regional conference held at the Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel in Houston, Texas. Some of us are good, some of us are great, then there are those who are extraordinary like Mike Dudas.  The effort, time and love he puts into Ball High is second to none,” said Joseph Pillar, Principal of Ball High School.


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