I consider Blue Jay Journal TV my family. I've made lifelong friends and created many memories to last a lifetime.
Here are some of the memories I would like to share from the year:
Matt’s Artistic Ability
As part of our first-semester final, we were asked to create a card thanking someone we interviewed. Matt Amlong decided to write a “thank you” to one of the soccer boys he interviewed for the “The Road to State-WHS Boys Soccer” story. While he was creating the card, he asked some of us to come look at it and give our opinions.
I carefully analyzed the card, seeing an oval with a bunch of black triangles randomly drawn inside it. No one really knew what to say about it, and we all just laughed. Matt knew the soccer ball was pretty bad, so he crumpled the paper up and threw it in the trash. You could tell he really tried on that soccer ball, and I didn't want to see his hard work go to waste, so I took it out of the trash can, uncrumpled it, and hung it on the board for all to see.
Matt did make another card with a soccer ball on it that actually looked like a soccer ball, but his original card made all of us laugh so hard. To this day, the soccer ball is on the board in the classroom and reminds everyone of this funny incident and Matt's amazing artistic ability.
The Four Missing Students
One day in class, we had a substitute teacher. We all acted like we normally do and sat in our seats for attendance. No one really recognized this sub, so we weren’t really sure what to expect.
As the sub was doing attendance, she asked if any of us were in the wrong class. We all looked around very confused, seeing if there was anyone not in our class in the room. No one saw anyone that wasn't supposed to be there. After we told her that, she looked very angry and stated 20 students were in the classroom and there was only supposed to be 16.
She called our names again; we all said "here" and there were no extras, but she still didn’t believe we were telling the truth. None of us knew what to do.
After countless times of telling her there was no one else in the class besides us, Cason and Jon started counting the students in the class out loud. The last person they counted was number 16, and the sub realized she had made a mistake and miscounted.
This was one of the most confusing and funniest moments in BJJTV, and everyone still jokes about finding the four extra students. We can't find them to this day.
In Blue Jay Journal, we enter a lot of PSA contests throughout the year. This past winter, Lydia, Autumn, and I were put into a group to make a PSA about saving money to enter in the “Lights, Camera, Save!” PSA contest. As we started brainstorming ideas, we realized we would need some more help, so we asked Colton to help us. After a couple of days of filming and editing, the PSA was finally done. We were proud of the finished product and submitted it to the contest.
A couple of weeks later, John Freitag came through the door to our classroom holding a giant check. Our PSA won the “Lights, Camera, Save!” contest locally through First State Community Bank. We won $500 total, $125 each for the four of us. We were so surprised we had won and actually got to keep the money for ourselves.
This PSA wasn’t easy to make, and all our hard work for it paid off throughout the year; we won three awards for this PSA in total. This definitely is my favorite PSA, and I’m glad I created many memories to go along with it.
These are just a few of my favorite memories I have created in Blue Jay Journal TV. This year has definitely been unforgettable, and I can’t wait to make more memories next year.