It was lights, camera, action at the Randolph Technical Career Center Tuesday.
"They made a storyboard and it is all about themselves, so it is how they feel people see them and how they see themselves," said Jade Premont, a student.
Upperclassmen studying video production played host to freshmen from Williamstown High School. The goal was to help the ninth-graders explore their interests and bring them to life through film. The effort ties into the ongoing push from Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont educators to focus on personalized learning plans and help students secure real-world experiences from an early age.
"You can actually get the hands-on experience of doing something and being able to say that you have actually done it," Premont said.
Britney Morse, a Williamstown student, was looking to tap into her creativity.
"For that idea they had me paint on a piece of glass and filmed it from the other side, so it looked like I was actually painting on the lens," Morse said.
While the freshmen were using their time on set to outline personal and academic goals, the shoot allowed seniors to hone their own.
"It's cool because we have been trained in this field and they haven't, so we can kind of team up with them and give what we know, our knowledge and their ideas and just mash them together to make a pretty cool project," Premont said.
Randolph Tech video production teacher TC Webb helped create the partnership. He says it's sparking interests in students and helping to keep them focused.
"Students need something to focus on, you know they are introduced to so many broad subjects where they find there might be something that they are interested in, but then they are forced to stop doing that and move on to something else," Webb said.
For Morse it was a welcome change from sitting in a classroom and a chance to highlight what she does best.
"People should realize that even though they do have to go to school they should also pay attention to what they enjoy themselves," she said.
Attention that hopefully helps chart a course for these young people looking toward their futures.
Seven freshmen ended up making short films outlining their interests. Next year, teachers hope to sponsor a similar project with closer to 20 students.
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