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I Am Mill Valley: Junior Reid Ellis designs a video game for his peers to play

Ellis picked to design a video game, playable on the CTEC game computer for a final project
By Hailey Perrin

During the second semester in Computer Science Principles, junior Reid Ellis and the class’s other students have to pick what project they will be working on to use the skills they learned first semester. This decision was an easy one for Ellis to make.  He decided to design and program a video game where the character travels through the layers of hell as described in the poem “Inferno” by Dante Alighieri.

Working on the design of his game at CTEC, junior Reid Ellis sketchees character ideas to show designers April 2
(By Jules Shumaker)

Ellis has worked throughout the semester programming the video game using a game engine called Geode. However, Ellis isn’t working alone. He is being aided by other students at CTEC to work on visuals for the game.

“I contacted [artists in graphic design classes] and came up with a design brief,” Ellis said. “Senior Alannah Hart and senior Jules Shumaker are working on the animations, the characters, and the background.”

Hart was interested when Ellis asked for help, knowing it could help majorly in the future and look good on their resume.

“He walked into our [Workplace Design] class at CTEC and asked if anyone wanted to help him with his game and I said sure, since it is what I wanted to do in the future,” Hart said.

This project has required a lot of work from Ellis to finish, including learning many new skills and a whole new programming language.

“It’s a learning curve; I need to keep figuring out more,” Ellis said. “The [app has its] own programming language that you have to learn. I’ve never done video game programming and there’s so much to learn with it. I’ve really just programmed the physics so far.”

Ellis is excited to finish the project and share it with other students.

“My overall plan with the game is to put it on a computer and have that work on the CTEC game arcade, so kids will be able to play it at CTEC,” Ellis said.

By Hailey Perrin
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Evan LeRoy
Evan LeRoy, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Evan LeRoy’s first year on the JagWire staff. Evan is a reporter for both the newspaper staff and for the broadcast staff. Outside of school Evan likes to perform, take walks and spend time preparing for his next performance. Evan is excited to learn all the skills he will need to do both print and video journalism. Evan is excited to be a part of both groups and is excited to tell all the important stories the people of Mill Valley need to know.
Jules Shumaker
Jules Shumaker, JagWire editor-in-chief
This is senior Jules Shumaker’s third year on the JagWire staff and they are excited to take on the role of editor-in-chief for the JagWire this year. Outside of journalism, they are a part of NHS, Spanish NHS, Art NHS, English NHS, and are on the CTEC Student Advisory Board. Jules spends their free time drawing, painting and reading, all while usually listening to loud music, as well as watching shows on Netflix. They are looking forward to another great year on staff.
Hailey Perrin
Hailey Perrin, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is junior Hailey Perrin’s second year on the JagWire staff. She is looking forward to another year of designing and some more exploring in writing and photography. Outside of the newspaper room she enjoys traveling, anything creative and photography. If she is not doing one of those things she will be with her friends having the time of her life.

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