Kraus, a junior at North Tonawanda High School, has been bringing
sports updates to his NT classmates every morning for the past six
years. He started as a sixth grader at Spruce Elementary when he was
asked to start a sports show on the morning announcements over the PA
system. From there, his production and activity grew.
he entered North Tonawanda Middle School, Joe started what has become
known as the “Sports Corner” under the guidance of teacher/advisor Ben
Ladik. His broadcast was part of The Morning Show at the middle school
and his reports continued through seventh- and eighth-grade.
a freshman, he was given the chance to write and produce a daily sports
show prior to the morning announcements when James Fisher, high school
principal, gave “Sports Corner” the green light to air each morning,
with the support of then-advisor Annette Follendorf and Robert Lucas.
with a more technically advanced studio at the high school, Joe is able
to get his reports out to the entire school. Many are grateful for his
reports, remarking that they learn more from Joe than they do from
Joe has also been the public address announcer for the NT Youth Center basketball program.
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