Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves visits with students in the Bio-Medical Science class where they were conducting an experiment involving yeast. Pictured with Reeves are students Lane Boyer, Abigail Barton, Reeves, Kevin Lu and Nyana Robinson.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves visits with students in the Bio-Medical Science class where they were conducting an experiment involving yeast. Pictured with Reeves are students Lane Boyer, Abigail Barton, Reeves, Kevin Lu and Nyana Robinson.
MADISON — While his Monday visit to Madison Central High School focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves had the opportunity to see how technology was being implemented in the classroom in a variety of disciplines, including a stint in the hot seat on the student-run school news show.

Reeves was escorted through the halls of Madison Central by Principal Austin Brown, Superintendent Dr. Ronnie McGehee and several representatives of the student body for a lengthy Monday morning tour of the school.

“I really enjoyed everything we saw here today,” Reeves said. “This is one of the best school districts in all of Mississippi. I think they are providing a lot of wonderful opportunities for their kids to learn and it’s really exciting to see.”

His first class was Bio-Medical Science with Dr. Betsy Sullivan. The students demonstrated parts of an experiment involving yeast and cut up pieces of potatoes. They also demonstrated programs they use in class in conjunction with the hands-on portions of the lab.

Reeves also visited a video production class that is part of the school’s Multi-Media Communications Academy to demonstrate how they were incorporating technology into non-STEM fields.

“It’s just technology on caffeine in here,” Brown joked.

The class is supervised, but many of their productions appear to be largely student-led. Their duties include the morning announcements and big videos for sporting events and have even done work for some businesses and are preparing videos for Madison the City Chamber of Commerce’s 30-year celebration. They have lights, cameras and editing equipment at their disposal as well access to at least two green screen sets.

“I have filmed a lot of political ads in studios that look just like this,” Reeves said, remarking on the quality of their studio.

While students hustle around readying a script and putting batteries in cameras Reeves is asked a warm up question he is warned will be very “controversial.”

“Cat person or dog person,” the host asked.

Reeves laughed and said he had to give a political answer.

“My wife and daughters are dog people, so we have a dog,” he said.

Reeves went on to answer questions about his background in education and what got him into politics. He talked about dreams to be a professional basketball player, his time at Millsaps studying economics and finance and his work in the field and how that prepared him for a career in politics.

He also mentioned the importance of working with both sides of the political aisle to accomplish goals and his own goals to foster the best job climate for the state.

“In politics you have to remember that you represent not just everyone that voted for you, but also those who voted against you,” Reeves said.

His last stop was an engineering track that starts at Rosa Scott and continues into high school where students learn skills related to problem solving and design.

The students use high-tech CAD imaging programs and 3D printers as well as learning practical skills like soldering.

“We are really proud of what we are doing here at Madison Central and we really enjoyed having the Lieutenant Governor here today,” Brown said. “I really think he liked what he saw and hope he can continue to help replicate our success across the state.”