St. Mary students visit WGN

2013-05-16T10:06:00Z St. Mary students visit WGNThomas Ruiz | Principal at St. Mary Catholic Community School

CROWN POINT | On May 8, students from St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point traveled to Chicago to visit the WGN Television Studio. Students were given a personal tour by news anchor Lourdes Duarte.

The 11 students run St. Mary's School news broadcast, WSMW, on a daily basis. They all have interest in television broadcasting and were excited about the opportunity to visit WGN.

“Seeing the live broadcast and having the opportunity to talk to Mr. Tom Skilling was my favorite part,” Zachary Molnar said.

The students started in the newsroom, visited the assignment desk, saw news editing in action, saw various sets (including the old Bozo set), visited the control room, and then got to sit in on a live broadcast of the WGN Midday News. They were given the opportunity to wave to all the WGN viewers, signing off at the end of the show.

Anchors, Steven Sanders and Courtney Hall and meteorologist Tom Skilling were very gracious and called the St. Mary's students up to the news desk for a photo and autographs after their live broadcast.

“This was an excellent educational experience for the St. Mary students," Heather Clarkson who is the sponsor of St. Mary’s WSMW News program said. “They were all extremely excited to return to their own WSMW studio and work on their news broadcast. Perhaps some of them will work for WGN someday.”

To learn more about St. Mary Catholic Community School’s WSMW News program, or any of the school’s other extra-curricular activities, visit

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