The TV Studio is in its infancy at Fairhope High School. We eagerly await the arrival of our equipment, which will be housed in the studio in the new Fine Arts Wing. Meanwhile, students are learning the basics of digital video editing, storyboarding, and scriptwriting. We were recently featured on WEAR TV3 news after reporter Jake Peterson and videojournalist Chris Hobden visited our class and offered helpful tips and advice. Click here to see the news segment.
Nineteen students took the plunge and have become members of the first television production staff. They are:
DJ Ash was born in Fairhope and has attended Fairhope schools since the fourth grade. He is a member of the Varsity Football team and participates in track and field. DJ's other interests include travel, movies, and working.
Ashley Gafford is a senior who enjoys her drama, art, and tv production classes. She is an outgoing person who loves to have fun! Outside of school, Ashley works at Hollister and spends time at the beach with her friends.
Born in Mobile, David one day wants to escape small-town Fairhope and move to Rome. He enjoys his science and tv production classes most, as well as attending FHS Football games. His interests include swimming, going to the beach, and attending concerts.
Nathan was born in Tuscon, Arizona and lived there until he was eight years old. He moved to El Paso, Texas in 1998, then to Fairhope in 2004. A member of the senior class, Nathan is especially interested in the cheerleading squad and dance team. Outside of school, he enjoys video games.
Gabrielle is a junior at FHS who is involved in a number of school activities. She writes for the school paper, the Pirateer, and serves as co-photography editor. She loves learning about world events and cultures; her favorite magazine is National Geographic. Gabrielle plans to double-major in English and journalism or political science. Although her future career plans are undecided at this time, she is considering joining a humanitarian organization and teaching English in a foreign country for a few years. Outside of school, Gabrielle enjoys dancing, reading, and baking; she also enjoys sushi tempura.
Another Texas native, Zach moved to Fairhope when he was five years old and claims to know his way around town. Now a senior, Zach enjoys fishing, the bay, and the rodeo. He plans to team with Nathan Greenwood to provide news coverage on our cheerleaders and dance team.
A Fairhope native, Harvey is a sports fan who is interested in learning to make highlight films. He is a member of the football team, playing corner back and receiver. He enjoys tubing, dirt bike riding, and Rave Theater.
Kate spent her formative years in Washington, where she frequently enjoyed snow skiing. A junior, she wants to major in biology and become a veterinarian. Outside of school, Kate spends many hours working at the Spa at the Grand Hotel. She looks forward to being able to live where she chooses.
Born in Mobile, Will moved to Fairhope in 1994 and is very familiar with the Eastern Shore. A senior who has a passion for sports and video production, Will has been working with Pirate Athletics for ten years. After the 2006 football season, he was named the Head Videographer for our Pirate football team; he also founded his own video production company, Will Reid Video Productions, in 2005. Reid creates highlight reels for local athletes to display their abilities to college recruiters; he also creates other event videos, such as weddings and class highlights.
A newcomer to the Fairhope area, Charles was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and lived in Atlanta for twelve years. While staying at American University in Washington, D.C., Charles took 16 mm film production classes that included scriptwriting, directing, editing, and lighting. He produced the ten-minute film Walk This Way and also served as editor and music supervisor. The recipient of the Harrison High School Film Fest Best Film Award for The Waffle Hut Virus, Charles plans on attending New York University or American University to major in film production.
Ellen, a junior, is a self-proclaimed movieholic. She spends all her time at the movie theater and Blockbuster. She also enjoys writing articles for a column in This, That & The Other called "Totally Random." Ellen is a member of the golf team and enjoys her art and TV production classes most. Despite this busy schedule, Ellen says she can always find time to shop!
John was born in Mobile but has lived in Fairhope his entire life. In addition to television production, John lists golf and basketball as his school-related interested. Outside of FHS, John has traveled all over the country, from Orlando to San Diego, to play in paintball tournaments. He also spends time filming and editing paintball videos. John also enjoys basketball and just hanging out with friends.
Chase is a senior at FHS who describes himself as self-reliant. He is interested in electronics and enjoys studying new products on the market. He is interested in FHS Golf, as well as camping and hiking.
Abby has been attending Fairhope High School since her freshman year, coming to us after fourteen years in Mississippi. Moving closer to the water piqued her interest in water sports and marine life. She plans to attend Auburn University and major in marine biology. In addition to water sports, Abby enjoys horseback riding, Chinese food, and the color pink.
Katie is one of the more experienced members of the TV Production Staff, having worked for Brookfield Video Productions throughout her freshman year. As one of her projects in her Leadership class, she produced, directed, and edited the Freshmen Orientation video to introduce the incoming eighth-graders to Fairhope High. Katie is a member of the Buccaneer Band and serves as one of the two pit section leaders.
Born in Fairhope, Ryan describes himself as a behind-the-scenes kind of guy. He has an interest in cameras, sound equipment and the news. Outside of school, Ryan enjoys football, wakeboarding, and video games.
Marissa is a proud member of the 13 Year Club and the Class of 2009. She is interested in becoming a movie script writer, but is also considering a career in education. Marissa has been a member of the Drama Club since her freshman year and has been in two productions so far. She enjoys her TV Production class, wakeboarding, watching the local news, and dining on Mexican food.
Being a newcomer to Fairhope High did not stop Michael Wilson from becoming very involved very quickly. After moving to Fairhope from Brookhaven, Mississippi a little over a year ago, Michael became a member of the varsity basketball and tennis teams. Currently a junior, Michael is already making big plans for his future. He will attend either the University of South Alabama or the University of Alabama, where he plans on majoring in medicine to become an orthopaedic surgeon or an anestheologist.
Bobby is a junior at Fairhope after attending Bayside Academy for eleven years. He works for The Massey Group Commercial Advertising and frequently sits in on editing and filming sessions. He is also self-employed in the lawn-care business, working from Ono Island to Daphne. His interests at FHS include basketball, golf, and volleyball.