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ACT Students Produce Police Recruitment Video

At a film screening on Wed., June 13, 2018, EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater Community Video Production Class released a recruitment video they produced for the Willimantic Police Department. 

In partnership with police department, students spent a year gathering footage of officers in action and highlighting specialty positions within the department. The video will be used by to recruit new Willimantic police officers.

“The police department was very accommodating,” said Media Technology Teacher Dan Boisvert. “They took students on ride-alongs and exposed them to a day-in-the-life of an officer.”

“This is bigger than just a recruitment video,” said Willimantic Police Chief Robert Rosado. “It’s a chance to make a connection with our partners and with students in the area. We are creating relationships.”

The officers who attended the screening encouraged students to participate in the annnual Summer Youth Leadership Academy hosted by the Willimantic Police Department. The course is free and provides leadership training, life skills, personal development, team building challenges, public service opportunities and more.

“Making the video was a great thing,” said senior video production student Christian Ereshena. “It was great to see how the officers interact with the community and that they really aren’t scary people.” 


ACT Students Travel to Spain

ACT students traveled to Spain over April break. The adventure began in Barcelona where students visited famous landmarks like Antoni Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia, which has been under construction since 1882. They wandered down Las Ramblas, a street filled with markets, shops and restaurants, until they reached the Mediterranean Sea. They then journeyed to a 9th-century monastery in Montserrat where the famed Black Virgin Mary of Montserrat is housed. Students also visited the Basilica del Pilar in Zaragosa, and the medieval town of Toledo, which is famous for its metalwork and swords. In Madrid, students were able to explore the Puerta del Sol, the main plaza of the city, and learn flamenco dancing. The week was filled with amazing food and experiences that will be remembered by all!

“Traveling has given me a different viewpoint of how things are throughout the world, from seeing different currencies, food and people, and seeing how their society works versus the one that I am familiar with has made me a better, well-rounded person," said senior Theresse Weigand-Watkinson. "I’m extremely lucky to have been able to travel, and it has let me see and understand people better. It has made me appreciate diversity and culture more than I already did. Traveling has made me push myself to try and experience new things.”

This is the sixth year that ACT has offered an international excursion led by English teacher, Stacy Vocasek. In 2019, students from both ACT and QMC will travel to England and France, and plans are in the works for a 2020 trip as well.

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