Lady Jays State Wrestling 2019
by Emma Duncan
MSHAA decided to level the playing field by sanctioning girls wrestling this school year. This news was very exciting to many girls across the state, including several at WHS. Our girls team ended a very successful season on a high note, three girls were district medalists and two qualified for state.
Once I got the news that we had two of our very own Lady Jay Wrestlers going to state, I instantly knew that I wanted to produce a story over it. Not only is qualifying for state intriguing, but the fact that these two ladies were making history at WHS was even more riveting.
There was no question that I wanted to interview our state qualifiers Mia Reed and Allison Meyer. Both girls gave spectacular interviews that I was able to grab various soundbites from that made the story flow very nicely. I also wanted to get some insight from head wrestling coach, Josh Ohm. He reflected on the successful season and even gave his two cents on the benefits of being a multi-sport athlete.
Due to a scheduling conflict, I had to phone a friend that was attending the state meet to film the girls in action, and get shots of the arena. This helped put the final touches on the story. I also came across many pictures featuring Mia, Allison, and the team that I used as well.
I began the paperwork process shortly after, slating and logging my interviews and writing my script. Since I already had an idea of what I wanted to include, the paperwork process did not take long and came together nicely.
Going into the editing process I was quite nervous because I knew that it would be the most challenging part of my story. Since I am a first year BJJTV staffer, I am still watching and learning how to perfect the editing process. I am not 100% confident with it yet.
I began by laying everything out and adding various b-roll shots. My adviser helped me out and taught me to utilize natural sounds. After the audio was fixed, we went back in and adjusted the b-roll, making it flow smoothly. We also added different shots where it was needed.
This is the first story that I have produced in BJJTV all by myself. I am beyond proud of how it turned out. I have been following Allison and Mia’s progress all season and I am so glad that I got to tell their story. It was so cool to hear how passionate each girl was about their sport, and how they are more than ready for next year's season.
I am so proud of both of them for all of the hard work they have put in and I can’t wait to follow their journey next season. I really like how this story turned out and am more than stoked to share it with our audience!