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Bidding for annual GHS-TV auction begins Saturday

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Before becoming chairman for auction and assisting the program with its 3-hour live telecast, Holly Wagner was just a proud mother of a fine arts student at Germantown High. Now, the new PPAG member is chairman for the 22nd annual Auction at GHS-TV.

“The President of PPAG, Trish Bienz, asked me if I wanted to help out with Auction,” said Wagner, “I was excited to help out in any way I could, and next thing I knew I was the chairman of the entire auction.”

Auction is loaded with more than 70 items, from gift certificates to play tickets to wireless printers and so much more. Auction will culminate with the student run, 3-hour live telecast.

The item boards will close prior to the telecast, earlier in the week. As the students of GHS-TV are preparing for the live telecast, Wagner is working hard to keep the items in flow throughout the auction and support the fine arts program and its supporters.

“I enjoy working with everyone in the program and it takes a lot of hands for the department to be successful,” said Wagner, “100 percent of the money goes to the Poplar Pike Arts Guild, the parent led support group for GHS-TV and the fine arts department.”

Not only does the money from Auction go to PPAG, it helps fund the scholarships for students in the program. The same students who are working to prepare for the live telecast of Auction.

“I’m so excited to be a part of something so important,” says Wagner, “It feels great to be helping the program at Germantown in such a way.”

Supporting the program is definitely a priority in the eyes of Holly Wagner, but she isn’t the only one that has all hands on deck for Auction. Student producer for three years in a row, Damaris Diaz has her sights set on making Auction a complete success.

“Auction is our last big project, so it’s a great way to end the year and highlight both the television studio and our theatre program,” says Diaz, “It’s a unique opportunity for us to show what we’re made of both as a program and a class.”

For both Wagner and Diaz, Auction is more than just a fundraiser. Both put their effort into the project and the program as a whole because of the skills and experiences they learn by participating.

“Auction is a real life experience, you get to work with professionals and learn what they do,” says Diaz, “It’s very intense, fast paced, and exciting; and all of that wrapped up into 3 hours really presents us with the opportunity to experience what it’s like in the real world.”

The live telecast will feature interviews with community leaders, students, live updates, and much more. Viewers can watch Auction Saturday April 16 from 2-5 p.m. on Channel 19 or online at

Online bidding is available online at beginning April 9, the boards will start closing April 14 and the final day for bidding is April 16.

Corporate Sponsors are Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Germantown Hospital and Trustmark Bank. Auction is a project of the Poplar Pike Arts Guild.

Established in 1982, GHS-TV served as the community access station for the City of Germantown.

Now the Channel is broadcasted on and over Comcast Channel 19, reaching more than 10,000 subscribers.