Madison Seniors Honored For Tribute To Veterans

  • 11/26/2018 3:47:58 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

MADISON, OH - Richland County Commissioners Tony Vero and Darrell Banks visited Madison Comprehensive High School's Interactive Media classroom Monday afternoon to issue a proclamation to a few talented seniors.

The Interactive Media course, taught by Greg Kahl, is a career pathway course designed to prepare students for a career in media. Kahl works with students on photography, video editing, and graphic design, among many other things, but he says there are some experiences you can't get in a classroom.

That is why when Abors at Mifflin reached out asking for help documenting some of their senior residents' service in the military, Kahl said yes. He and his students interviewed veterans living at Arbors at Mifflin and produced a seven-minute long video highlighting their service.

"Anything that we can do at Madison to get our kids out into the public and use the skills that they learned in the career technical programs that they're in is a plus for us, it's huge," Kahl told WMFD. Several students that Kahl called "the dream team" completed the project: Caroline Tate as the on-screen talent, Tyler Amos and Jamarius Jones working camera, Blake Phelps as chief editor, and Patrick Tackett completing voicework.

The dedication of those five students showed in their work, and the Richland County Board of Commissioners wanted to reward them for it. Vero and Banks issued a proclamation and provided a certificate, thanking them for their efforts.

"It's honestly such a good feeling to know that people really appreciate the work that we're putting into what we love to do every single day," said Caroline Tate. "I'm pretty proud."

For some students, it was personal. Patrick Tackett says he wasn't involved in the project until he heard the story of one of the veterans. It motivated him to complete the voicework for the project, dedicating himself to putting the passion he felt was necessary into the script.

"This one, for me, has a very very personal meaning. I come from a very, very military family, and I've seen the impact it can have on a person's life," said Tackett.

From the interviews to the graphics and the music, Caroline Tate says the final edit took about forty hours of work.

"To have the commissioners recognize us for the work that we did, it just meant a lot to me," said Kahl. It wasn't just the proclamation that Kahl found meaningful- it was also about what his students learned. He wanted them to be able to use lighting, music, and editing to tell a story. 

"Stories need to be told... Anytime I can get them in that situation where they're talking to real life people and telling good stories, good visual stories, that's what I want them to do to prepare them for the next level."

The students did tell a story with their work, and Kahl knows the experience was better than anything he could have taught in a classroom. "To see them interact with 94-year-old men that were 18 years old when they were thrust into whatever conflict it was, I can't teach that. That's something you have to experience."

To watch the students' video, click here.

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