Wednesday, November 29, 2017

S1E6: "There's No Feeling Like Skateboarding"


On this episode of We Are EG, Ryan Asmussen sits down with fellow EG English teacher Matt Snow and two students to discuss skateboarding.  Matt was at one time a semi-professional skateboarder and is currently the sponsor of the EG Skate Club.  Click here for a Daily Herald article about Matt Snow.



This episode was produced and edited by Ryan Asmussen with help from Bruce Janu.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

S1E5: "You're Not Alone"

Luna had a rough start to her Elk Grove High School career.  She struggled to find motivation in school, but also dealt with her homosexuality in a household where it was looked upon as a "phase". Luna found it difficult to make friends who would be a positive influence on her but with the help from the Kenneth Young Center, Luna found the determination to turn her strength into motivation to succeed.  Since then, Luna has become a leader in both the soccer and cross country programs at EGHS, and she is looking to pursue a career in the criminal justice field.  

Monday, October 30, 2017

S1E4: "I Love Making Movies"

On this episode of We Are EG, Elk Grove senior Ben Jaeger discusses his love of movie making. From making films in middle school and high school with his collaborator Nic Baggetto to branching out on his own projects, Ben discusses his evolution as a filmmaker, his opinion on violence in movies and why the arts are important in education.

Below, you can also find a short documentary produced by Elk Grove Film Club with footage from behind the scenes on Ben's new film, Hero.  Plus, there are links to the films that Ben has worked on over the years.


Last month, Elk Grove Film Club spent a Saturday with Ben and his cast and crew. The result is the first episode of "Behind the Podcast." See Ben in action below as he films some scenes for his new film, Hero.



Below is Phantom, a film that Ben wrote and directed. This film won the Audience Award at the 2017 CinéStudent Film Festival.



Samantha was a film submitted to the 2016 CinéStudent Film Festival, directed by Nic Baggetto and written by Ben Jaeger and Nic Baggetto. This film won best picture that year.




The following film is 1967, submitted by Nic and Ben for the 2017 CinéStudent Film Festival.



Monday, October 16, 2017

S1E3: "Scare Me, But Just a Little Bit"


John Bottiglieri in his famous gorilla costume.

We can call John Bottiglieri "Mr. Halloween."  On this special Halloween episode of We Are EG, we sit down with John Bottilieri, who retired last year after teaching at Elk Grove High School for 33 years, to discuss whether or not Elk Grove High School is haunted, how to discover the most popular Halloween candy and other ghoulish delights.

We even talk a little about how John came to own a gorilla costume.

Every year, John creates a special Halloween mix of music. Listen to this year's mix, entitled "Color Me Pumpkin Orange," below. John also writes for F This Movie and regularly appears on their weekly podcast.


The We Are EG Podcast is a production of the EG CollabLab.  This episode was produced by Bruce Janu.

Monday, October 2, 2017

S1E2: "Whatever the Dream, You Can Do It Here"

Nina came into this country just a few months ago, a refugee from war-torn Syria. Not speaking a word of English, she spent several years in Lebanon before making the journey to the United States in November, 2016. Since then, she has moved from the Newcomer Center to the halls of Elk Grove High School, determined to get an education, go to college and give back to the community that has, in her eyes, given her so much.


The We Are EG Podcast is a production of the EG CollabLab.  This episode was produced by Linda Ashida.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

S1E1: "You Made Me A Better Teacher"

On this, the very first episode of We Are EG, Elk Grove High School English teacher Rita Thompson tells the story of a student who changed her life. In teaching this student how to read, she also learned a little bit about herself.

We Are EG is a podcast series that tells the stories of the people who make up our community and reveals all the ways in which we are all connected.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

We Want Your Stories!

Do you have a story to tell about Elk Grove High School?  We are looking for compelling stories from students, staff and community members that help highlight the uniqueness of Elk Grove High School.

Your story can be serious or funny. It doesn't have to be about Elk Grove High School, but it must be something connected to the school. It can be a story about homecoming, about a job or a lesson learned.

It can be about heartbreak. Or triumph.

It could be a story about how you met the love of your life. It can be a story about your greatest accomplishment. Or fear.

It can be a story about overcoming an obstacle. Or a story about a place to which you traveled.

It can be about a simple moment in your life when you learned something important.

Everybody has a story. What is your story?

Click on the link below to submit a story idea. We would love to hear from you.