Lady Jays Wrestling
by Joie Heien, Randi Jenkins, and Emma Duncan
When starting to produce this story, we knew that we wanted to show how the WHS wrestling program has empowered these young ladies. However, it was difficult to determine which direction this story should go. Despite the tricky start to developing our plan of action, we were stoked to learn more about what it takes to be a Lady Jays Wrestler.
The day that we began piecing together the story, the girls had the GAC Tournament at Washington High School. We thought that this was a tremendous opportunity to attend and acquire some stellar b-roll.
Though we had an early jump on this story, the plethora of snow days during third quarter impacted our progress. When school was in session, we grabbed Lady Jays wrestlers Halaina O’Bryant and McKenna Deckelman for interviews. They gave us incredible insight and soundbites that fit perfectly into the story.
As we continued forward, we felt we needed more. We decided that it may be interesting to interview Ethan Soete, from the boys wrestling team, for his perspective on how our girls team is taking off and their successes.
As we were writing our script, there seemed to be some gaping holes, which left us in search of the missing piece to our puzzle. We agreed Coach Ohm would be the perfect fit for further insight on how he empowers his girls as strong female athletes in the world of wrestling.
Coach Ohm’s interview gave us the additional perspective we were looking for in order to finish the script. With the scriptwriting process behind us, we hit the editing room. Overall, the editing process went smoothly. With help from our adviser, we patched up the holes and the story was complete.
We are beyond proud of all the Lady Jays Wrestlers for breaking gender-stereotypes within a male-dominated sport, and for the undeniable hard work they have put in. We can’t wait to follow their journey next season.