It is not only possible to go home again, it can be fun! Immanuel Lutheran School alum Brie Isom recently visited her school home, preschool through middle school, to share her expertise with current students.
Brie began attending Immanuel as a 3-year-old in 1999 and graduated from eighth grade in June of 2010. She is a December 2017 graduate of Ball State University's College of Communication, Information, and Media with bachelor's degrees in journalism and telecommunications.
Brie recently began her career as a multimedia reporter and journalist for WSBT in South Bend, Indiana.
The visit to Immanuel was organized by the director of marketing and communications with the purpose of Brie talking with current middle school students about interviewing best practices.
The students are working on the Marketing Crew for the school's upcoming production of "Disney's The Lion King, Jr." and meet once a week during their lunch period.
As part of their marketing plan they are interviewing cast, crew, and production team members for video clips and news releases. Brie shared helpful information on what types of questions to ask and how best to present the information they gather.
The students were interested in learning more from Brie than just journalism tips and peppered her with questions about her time at Immanuel. They were most impressed that she had the same seventh-grade teacher they currently have, Mr. G (middle school teacher Manny Gutwein).
Brie praised the education she received at Immanuel and enjoyed visiting a few classrooms to catch up with some of her teachers before she left.
Marketing Crew students were visited the previous week by Immanuel member and school parent Mark Black who is a professional photographer and videographer for the Daily Herald and Mark Black Photography. Mark shared information on the optimum length of video spots, dealing with audio issues, and ideas for the best background or B roll footage.
The students are collecting video, stills, and basic information and will participate in an intense work session during the Marketing Crew middle school elective class on Friday, March 23.
They will select the main marketing image(s) from pieces submitted by the Immanuel student body, finalize their social media strategy, finalize playbill design and social media memes, edit video ads and preshow video, and put the final polish on their news releases.
The community is invited to attend Immanuel's presentation of "Disney's The Lion King, Jr." at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at the school, 950 Hart Road in Batavia.
The $2 admission fee will be used to offset the cost of production materials.