Back at WHS
WHS Alumni Who Teach
by Jack, Grace, and Megan
When it came time to choose a story topic, we had a lot of different ideas, but eventually we decided to produce a story about teachers at Washington High School who also attended WHS during their high school years. We believed that it would be a very fun story to produce.
We interviewed three of our school’s teachers, Ed Stahl, Clint Schneider, and Melissa Schulze, as well as the WHS resource officer, Greg Garrett. They all gave great interviews. Each of their high school experiences were different, which was great to give the story some variety. They also let us know how the school has changed, the ways that WHS has stayed the same, and what it was like coming back as a teacher instead of a teenager.
After slating and logging all of our interviews, we wrote our script. Because everyone on our team is a first year staff member, we were all a little nervous to do everything on our own. Thankfully, writing the script went very smoothly because of how well the interviews went. We had a lot of soundbites to choose from.
To get b-roll, we went around the school trying to film old and new parts of the school, as well as the teachers that we interviewed teaching their classes. Officer Garrett and Mrs. Schulze were amazing and let us use pictures of them during their high school years, as well as giving us senior portraits and scrapbooks from their teenage years when they attended WHS.
We still needed more b-roll. We were able to find assistance in the WHS Library when Mrs. Ann Loesing helped us by letting us look at and use older Washingtonian yearbooks, as well as other things like letterman jackets and older photos.
While editing, we laid out our story outline and added in some of the b-roll that we got. Since we are all new to Blue Jay Journal TV, we did struggle a little with this process. Ms. Turner helped us and we ended up with a finished product that we are proud of.
We hope that this story can remind viewers of their own high school experiences, as well as explain how teachers at our school can relate to the experiences that their students are going through.