Camps collide when students interview gifted children

June 18, 2014

With their equipment in hand, the ExploreMore crew made the journey toward a variety of unique classes.

The story kicked off with nine elementary students bowing at the door to greet their journalist guests. The talented children then demonstrated their karate skills that they have conquered in such a short amount of time.

Student's from the ExploreMore karate class raise their hands to be selected to be interviewed by student journalists
Student’s from the ExploreMore karate class raise their hands to be selected to be interviewed by student journalists

In awe, the students filmed the young children masterfully kicking and punching the air while screaming their battle cries. The small white belts weren’t afraid to quickly open up and share about themselves for the filmed interviews.

The sensei of the class, Steve Napier encouraged the kids to display discipline, respect and friendship.

This provided the perfect atmosphere for the students to capture footage and gather quotes to be used for their final story.

Montse Mendez, Anderson High School student, explored the room from corner to corner gathering as much footage of the adorable karate kids as possible.

From the beginning, students knew the direction in which they wanted to take with their stories, and they made sure to seize every opportunity that they could in order to do so.

Sean Mason, a student from Harrison High School, took a unique approach to his story. Opting out of covering the ExploreMore camp as a whole, Sean chose to focus on one particular class.

Following his creative intuitions, Sean decided to concentrate on one of his favorite video games, Minecraft. Minecraft completely entranced Sean as he filmed nearly 30 minutes of footage for later use.

The workshop had seemingly helped Sean with worries that he had about entering high school.

“I used to be a loner, but now I am opening up and becoming more comfortable with the fact that I am starting high school,” Sean said.

The other students explored the rest of the camp and the numerous activities that the classes offered.

From exploding volcanoes and tips on how to catch a fairy, the students were able to seize all of the magic with their cameras.

The fairy catching class was a creative way to teach students environmental responsibilities, which impressed Boone County High School student, Gabrielle Maisch.

“I like the idea of the fairy class. It was a genius way to teach kids things like recycling and planting trees,” said Gabrielle.

The day wasn’t without its troubles though. One student from Walnut Hills High, Brianna Jones, experienced difficulty with her memory card as well as a lost tripod bag.

All was solved before anyone could worry too much about the issues. However, it did lead to an exciting manhunt once her tripod bag was located, but Brianna was nowhere to be found.

The interviews proved to be exceptionally enjoyable, productive and the highlight of the workshop thus far for the ExploreMore team.

“I thought it was going to be extremely hectic, but it turned out to be really fun,” Emma Hendy, Villa Madonna High School student, explained. “It was more natural for me than I had expected.”



-By Andrea Carter

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Camps collide when students interview gifted children