Operation Puzzle Piece
Earlier in the year, a fellow Blue Jay Journal member and I were given an assignment to partner with two Washington High School DECA students to create a PSA for their project. After hearing what their project was and what they were doing, I instantly knew this was the topic for my backpack story.
I could tell how hard these ladies had worked and how much they truly cared about this project, and I felt more people in our community should know about “Operation Puzzle Piece.”
I interviewed Sophie and Josie, the co-founders of Operation Puzzle Piece, at school. Their interviews were both fantastic and gave a personal insight to how they have been affected by this project, but I decided I needed to get another perspective on the project; therefore, I interviewed Judy Obermark—one of the advisers for the Life Skills students.
Editing was the best part of this whole story. I already knew what parts I wanted to cover in my story, but the problem was that there was too much footage attached to those parts. Even though I had a lot of footage to cut down, I was able to grasp the key concepts of their project and its impact all into my story.
B-roll was not a problem for this story. The girls had taken plenty of pictures throughout this whole journey, and the Life Skills students were always thrilled for me to film; they loved being movie stars!
My adviser, MT, helped me put the finishing touches on my story and really helped emphasize the message I was trying to get across. Seeing this story come together gave me a feeling of accomplishment and pride because I knew others would love this story as much as I did.
I am more than happy with how my story turned out. I am so honored I could help Sophie and Josie with their project by telling their amazing and selfless story for everyone to hear, and hopefully it will inspire others to reach out and try something new.