PERRYSBURG — For the first time in the history of the Penta Career Center, two students have done a double-double in career skills contests.
Mitchell Smith, from Otsego High School, and Jack Schreiner, of Elmwood High School, worked together as a team in the world of video. They are state champions in both the SkillsUSA broadcast news production team contest and Business Professionals of America digital video contest. They went to the SkillsUSA and BPA national competitions in Anaheim, California.
With “time” as the subject, the Skills USA Digital Cinema Production contest gave the two-person teams five hours to create a one-minute video. They used an old VHS video tape recorder to illustrate how concepts of time have changed throughout history. For the BPA contest, they created a 3-5 minute newscast about how Business Professional of America students are preparing for competitions. Their second topic was how potholes in Toledo have become a serious issue.
“Me and Jack, we almost always have really similar ideas,” Smith said about their repeated collaborations through high school, which they feel was essential for their wins.
Smith and Schreiner met at Penta their junior year working on a video for a class. They are both following dreams to be storytellers and communicating their original creative sides.
“I really want to get into 100% film making, like you see in theaters. It’s fun for me. It doesn’t seem like work. If I’m getting paid to do that, it’s going to be amazing,” Smith said.
Schreiner has similar goals. “I want to become a filmmaker,” he said.
In addition to their other awards, Smith had a video accepted for a high school film festival near Chicago. Meanwhile, Schreiner was a regional finalist for the International Youth Silent Film Festival.
“My biggest thing with Penta has been making video projects,” Smith said.
Both students received Academic Achievement Awards for having at least 3.25 GPA, two years running.
Schreiner went to Elmwood, which didn’t have any video opportunities. He intends to take his skills first to Owens Community College to get his associate’s degree in commercial art technology, grabbing video industry credentials along the way.
“I like to consider myself a creator. When you apply technology to that, I think that’s just the best to share people’s ideas,” Schreiner said.
Smith will be attending Full Sail University in Florida in the fall and doing online classes in digital cinematography.
Both Smith and Schreiner have jumped on getting ready for college by starting to get extra certifications. He has already grabbed Adobe After Effects and Adobe Pro Certifications. By becoming certified at Penta they have already saved $250 for each certificate.
“I feel like you get a huge foot in the door with everything they teach you at Penta,” Smith said.