OES’s Newest Upper School Activity

By Charlie Norgaard

OES has always lacked a strong sense of connection using community inspired media. While the Aardvark Dig is here to provide students, teachers, and parents alike with a weekly update of school news, there is still a large portion of OES news that is either overlooked or straight up ignored.

OES junior, Colin B has paid close attention to this weakness in communication and connection within the community. Throughout his high school career he has always been driven to make OES a more actively aware community, especially in regards to athletic related news and events.

Though Colin has made attempts to exercise this passion of his via the Dig, where he has written many articles about OES news and athletics, he still felt unsatisfied. However, with the help of a returning alumnus and new faculty member, Chris Hochgesang, Colin’s passion is being expressed in new and refreshing ways.  

At the start of the new trimester this year, Colin B and Chris Hochgesang have created their own new and official activity. Though it has no official name as of yet, the activity is currently focused on sports news and broadcasting.

In the hopes of gaining publicity and viewership, the activity is focusing their attention on the OES Athletics Youtube channel (link provided below). Every week, the broadcasting team has been live streaming OES basketball games …. and trust me, it’s a sight to see. Though the games are already interesting enough to watch, a blend between Ethan B’s excellent filming and Colin B’s gripping commentary makes it a riveting viewing experience. If you haven’t subscribed to the Youtube channel, you should be ashamed to call yourself an Aardvark.

I spoke with Chris Hochgesang and he described his vision and plan for the activity. While his first priority is to get the Youtube channel in full motion, he and the rest of the activity team hope to eventually move towards bigger and better things as viewership increases. Chris emphasized that he “doesn’t want the activity to just be focused on sports broadcasting,” and plans to enable the activity to cover a broader range of topics. In the near future, Chris says that he and his team will start producing weekly podcasts, where they will interview and discuss relevant community news with members of the community, which they will then publish through the Dig. They hope that the podcast will provide another means of connection and communication for the student body, faculty, and parents along with the Dig.

For the time being, the activity currently consists of just five members, however they are not to be underestimated. The dream team consists of Jack M, Luke S, Ethan B, Chris Hochgesang, and the mastermind behind it all, Colin B. The team highly encourages anyone who might have an interest in the activity to join, as they are always open to new ideas and advice. And once again, remember to subscribe to the OES Athletics Youtube channel.

OES Athletics Youtube channel link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOeugz8xuQIAXQTbcSLlIKw

The Dream Team:


5 thoughts on “OES’s Newest Upper School Activity

  1. What’s the reasoning behind covering only boys games? The girls varsity team is doing big things this year too. They’re working hard and deserve some major hype! Covering women’s teams may also help encourage more young women to join your activity.

    • For the record, the activity filmed and recorded an entire girls’ game as well. The filming was done horizontally, so it wasn’t posted to YouTube. I think it’s a bit premature to be lodging accusations of sexism.

      • Hi Thomas, I don’t think anyone’s trying to call anyone else sexist. I am simply trying to understand why only boys games are the ones broadcasted (not just filmed). In fact, my understanding was that the girls games are already getting filmed–for the purpose of the team’s viewing and education. My question gets at the reasoning behind the extra press for just the boys. I appreciate that the 4-6 hours for two games in one evening is quite a bit of time for members of the activity. I would simply like to encourage a more even distribution of airtime, a more equitable sharing of resources. Maybe boys one week, girls the next? Either way, I think we all need to be conscious of the messages our actions send.

  2. To Anna and Ruby, I appreciate the feedback. This has been a concern of mine for a while and this is why we’re planning to broadcast girls’ games. I’ve only done 4 games, and we’re still working on fixing some problems like visual and audio quality. At 4:30 Tomorrow (Saturday) Chris and I will broadcast the girls’ game on YouTube. We will not be doing the boys’ game. This decision to broadcast only the girls’ game on Saturday was made before the article was published. The intent of this activity is to bring to light some of the untold stories of OES. In addition, we would like to focus on broadcasting.

    I appreciate the feedback and I hope you understand that this activity is still in its infancy and we’re bringing you the best content we can given where we are. In the future, we would love to include anybody who has a desire for broadcasting and producing audio content. I would also like to thank Charlie for writing this article. I couldn’t have created this activity without the help of Dennis Sullivan, Chris, Todd Mansfield, Jeffrey Sprague, and Ed Cecere. My goal is to open doors for the future and help my partners gain experience before they advance in life. Let me know what we can do better in the future to produce the best content possible that brings about greater success.

    I would also like to thank the Dig and Kara Tambellini for serving as an outlet for our future podcasts. This whole process is a team effort and I cannot express my gratitude enough. The connections that I have built in just a year in this business have been second to none. This goes for everybody in the activity. Please know that we intend to produce quality content and we take everything our consumers say to improve our future productions. We also accept submissions for story ideas, for example, Rick Rees has emailed us about stories covering the Echoes Winners. I understand your viewpoints in that we should devote more time to covering the girls’ games. This reply isn’t very well structured, but I hope this can settle a discrepancy.

    -Colin (sorry if my name on this site is weird, it was for sophomore history and I’m having troubles with wordpress)

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