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Jr./Sr. High School Media Production Class Welcomes Deputy Thompson

Throughout the school year, the Jr./Sr. High School Media Production class invites special guests to participate in the morning announcements. On September 23, the class welcomed School Resource Officer Deputy Travon Thompson of the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputy Thompson with class

As part of his visit, Deputy Thompson took part in the class’ team meeting and was interviewed about his job as a law enforcement officer during the morning announcements. Every morning at 9:57 sharp, the class broadcasts the day’s most important news “live” from its very own studio featuring an anchor desk, green screen and control room.

Deputy Thompson is a Utica native and 2018 graduate of Notre Dame Jr./Sr. High School. After attending Mohawk Valley Community College, he entered and graduated from the Mohawk Valley Police Academy. He started his career in law enforcement as a police officer and school resource officer with the Village of Frankfort Police Department. Deputy Thompson joined the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office in June 2021.

Deputy Thompson’s role as a school resource officer is more about being a mentor and resource for students of all ages – several school patrol officers from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office provide security at the Westmoreland Central School District.

“For me, it’s about building relationships with students and staff,” Deputy Thompson, who also pushes into classes and gives presentations on a variety of topics, said. “Students can come to me to talk about anything, from school to personal issues. My goal is to ultimately provide students with good advice to make sound decisions in all aspects of life.”

Business teacher Mrs. Weissenberger co-teaches Media Production with Mr. Cieri and Mr. Cardillo. Mrs. Weissenberger says the class is so beneficial because it is designed to help students develop skills they can transfer to any career – not just journalism or communications.

“It’s a very nontraditional class because we don’t have textbooks, tests or quizzes,” Mrs. Weissenberger explained. “Instead, students are graded on what they produce each day and how productive and valuable they are to the team and morning news. It really is about coming in, meeting as a team, finding out what went right, what went wrong, and making it better.”

In addition to Deputy Thompson, several other guests have visited and participated in the class since the beginning of the school year, including Athletic Director Mr. Fiorini and Health and Wellness Coordinator Mr. Woods.

The Media Production class thanks Deputy Thompson for visiting!

To view photos of Deputy Thompson's visit, click here.