ST. MARYS — With a $1,000 prize on the line, a group of Memorial High School students are showcasing the pride of the St. Marys community in a spirit video they created for Alltel’s second annual Yards 4 Youth competition.
The students in Andrew Klosterman’s Memorial Television class prepared the Yards 4 Youth video, focusing on how St. Marys shows its school pride.
“It’s a spirit competition, so they just tried to focus of the spirit of the game,” Klosterman said, noting the students focused on the band, cheerleaders, football team, student section and the Friday night traditions at Skip Baughman Stadium.
He noted the students worked through the entire process of putting the video together. After compiling their footage, the students began editing their video in Adobe Premiere Pro in the video editing lab at the high school to create their 5-minute video clip. The students also added music and text to the video using Titledeko before burning their final project to DVD and uploading it to the Alltel website.
“They brainstormed, filmed, they had to dump the film footage from the camera to the hard drive and then edit it,” Klosterman said. “They had to burn it to a DVD and then upload the video to the webpage.”
Students in Memorial Television this trimester include Lexi Roop, Tyler Rose, Kebrina Salisbury, Ashley Brotherwood, Maddie Green, Kenny Freewalt, Shane Opasik, Sondra Zumbroegel, Isaac Wolfgang and Kenedi Cramer.
Klosterman said he was pleased with the end product.
“I think they did a wonderful job,” he said. “They went above and beyond any expectations that I could ever have. They always do. They always rise to the occasion, you just have to trust and give them the benefit of the doubt. They did a really nice job.”
To help the Roughriders earn the $1,000 prize, fans may visit Yards4Youth.com and fist bump Memorial High School. The school that shows the most spirit, measured by the number of fist bumps, will be awarded the prize on Oct. 19.
In addition to the spirit award, Alltel Wireless is donating $1 for every yard of offense accumulated in three pre-selected Alltel Nights. The Roughriders have earned $484 in their first two Alltel Nights, accumulating 263 yards in the Aug. 24 game against Sidney and 221 yards in the Aug. 31 game against Kenton. The third and final Alltel Night is scheduled for Oct. 5, when St. Marys takes on Wapakoneta.
Last year, Alltel Wireless donated more than $10,000 to local football programs through Yards 4 Youth, according to its website.
Other schools participating in this year’s Yards 4 Youth competition include Marion Harding High School of Marion, Anna-Jonesboro High School of Anna, Ill., Harrisburg High School of Harrisburg, Ill., Bleckley County High School of Cochran, Ga., Dodge County High School of Eastman, Ga., West Laurens High School of Dexter, Ga., and Wilcox County High School of Rochelle, Ga.
For more information on Yards 4 Youth or to fist bump Memorial High School, visit Yards4Youth.com.