What Does it Mean to be Gifted?
by Randi Jenkins and McKenzie Whelan
There are many misconceptions about being academically gifted, and that is why producing this story was important to us. However, at first, it was difficult for us to decide on which direction we wanted to go with the story. We did know that we for sure wanted to ask questions that would help us go more in-depth about the Challenge Program.
Choosing our interviewees was very simple because we chose students that are gifted and also on A Team for WHS Quiz Bowl. We first talked to Kyle Meyer about his feelings towards his intelligence and the WHS Quiz Bowl team. He was able to give us solid soundbites on the impact being involved with this team has had on his life. We then interviewed Max Grimes. He was insightful on the impact both Challenge and Quiz Bowl have had on both his education and relationship with his peers. Finally, we interviewed Samantha Doepker. She was able to let us in on how she breaks the gifted stereotype. All three interviewees were great!
Once we started interviewing these students, we noticed the gifted label has impacted them tremendously. Some of the best soundbites came out by asking questions that we had not prepared initially. The interviews ended up being long, so when we started slating and logging the footage we only included parts that would relate to the other interviews. We wanted the three interviews to flow well and not feel disconnected. Doing this was helpful because it made writing the script and editing the video a breeze.
Once we had the interviews ready, all we needed was b-roll, which was pretty simple. We filmed each interviewee in class doing their daily tasks.
The story ended up being informative and shines a spotlight on a subject that impacts these WHS students and many more! We hope you enjoy the story.