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HELMS STUDENT

Posted by xaviervir on December 15, 2011

The following article comes from the West County Times:

Richmond eighth-grader featured in commercial

By Hannah Dreier
Contra Costa Times
Posted: 12/14/2011 06:30:18 PM PST
Updated: 12/15/2011 04:22:46 AM PST
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Helms Middle School 8th graders Christian Barragan, left, Fernando Ochoa, Kaisaiah Clark,…

Until this fall, 13-year-old Kaisaiah Clark had never flown on a plane or been on a warm beach. Now his face can be found on television from Los Angeles to Florida.

The Richmond eighth-grader is the newly minted star of a national Chevron commercial.

In the ad, Kaisaiah sits in a mock classroom and demonstrates a robot that can lift a cup. In a split screen, a Chevron geologist talks about the corporation’s support for science education.

After a two-day casting call at Helms Middle School in San Pablo, Chevron flew Kaisaiah and four classmates to a Los Angeles soundstage. The producers chose Kaisaiah for the final cut.

“I would call myself very lucky,” said the youth. “The plane was really scary, but after that, it was really exciting.”

“One of my favorite parts was the beach — I don’t think I’ve ever been to a real beach.”

Earlier this month, Latricha Baker had the startling experience of hearing her son’s voice calling out to her from the television as she was getting ready for work.

“It was so surreal,” she said. “I had ‘Good Morning America’ on and I heard a familiar voice. I look up, and it’s my son.

“It was a proud moment.”

Like many of the adults on set, Baker was surprised at how her son kept his cool as he recited the same handful of lines over and over during the two-hour shoot.

Kaisaiah said he is considering doing more acting, but his primary goal is to become a mechanical engineer.



He loves building things in his spare time.”When I create things, it keeps me satisfied for a long time,” he said.

At a reception at Chevy’s restaurant Tuesday, Kaisaiah remained calm, making eye contact and keeping up conversations as supporters swirled around him. He said he is getting used to the attention. At school, students he has never talked to have been congratulating him.

Kaisaiah is taking a Chevron-sponsored engineering class at Helms and will be building robots like the one he demonstrated in the ad.

Principal Jose De Leon said that the program provides important job skills and praised Chevron for making it possible.

The ad, entitled “Science Rules,” is part of Chevron’s “We Agree” public relations campaign.

IT SURE WOULD BE NICE IF CHEVRON COULD HELP FINANCIALLY WITH  PROVIDING EQUIPMENT NEEDED IN OUR AUDIO/VIDEO SECTION  OR PROVIDE NEW COMPUTERS FOR OUR  COMMUNITY CENTER BEING PLANNED FOR HELMS.

Watch the commercial
The television ad is on
YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpP2mH6jSoI.
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