Get Some Sleep!
by McKenzie Whelan,
Eric Jones, Joie Heien
We have seen a lack of sleep in many teens, including ourselves, and the struggle stay awake during classes. We thought that by covering this topic, we could help teens not dread the alarm clock and see the importance of a good night of sleep.
We started our mission by talking to the School Nurse, Cindy DeLargy. We knew that we wanted to interview her because sleep is important for our health. Next, we interviewed English teacher, Ryan Leatherman. We felt that it was important for us to have a teacher give us input on how their students are affected in class.
Naturally, we wanted to get interviews from students. We asked junior Caden Robertson about his normal night schedule. He gave us some great soundbites that helped fit the story. He also shared stories about when he almost fell asleep at unwanted times. Our next student that we interviewed was sophomore Marilyn Jurray. She was able to tell us her sleep schedule as well as share her fears of what might happen if a student is unable to get a good rest. Marilyn also shared her tips on how a student may get better sleep.
Finally, we interviewed WHS Counselor, Katie Sandoval. She was able to help us understand that sleep deprivation doesn’t just impact our bodies physically, but also mentally. She really encourages students to get more sleep throughout her interview.
Then we had to figure out b-roll. It was a bit difficult for us to figure out exactly how we wanted our story to look. In the end, we each took a camera home and we were able to play with some shots of our bedrooms. We also wanted to show how not sleeping can affect us at school and wanted our shots to help send the message. We were happy with how the b-roll turned out, giving the story a nice flow.
We believe that teens (and even adults) can use this story to improve their sleeping patterns and make sleep a priority. By showing how the chain reaction of sleep deprivation can change our lives, we hope this will be motivation for more and more people to fix their sleeping habits. Our aim is to wish everyone a goodnight and tell them to, “get some sleep.”