Kris DeYoung

Beyond The Rock crew runs video production at Big Ticket Festival

July 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

by KRIS DEYOUNG Loud music, famous bands, world-renowned speakers, thousands of fans and, most importantly, elephant ears are all part of this year’s Big Ticket Festival, which took place at Allegan County Fairgrounds June 14-16. The Big Ticket Festival is one of the largest Christian music festivals in the state of Michigan. It is a ministry run by the nonprofit Free Spirit Ministries and sponsored by many different entities including Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids. Each year upwards of 8,000 people come out each day for this family event, which truly has something for everyone. Each year some of the biggest names in Christian music hit one of three stages, impressing the crowds with their high energy and faith-filled performances. This year over 90 different artists performed, including hit artists such as Newsboys, Chris Tomlin, Brandon Heath, Sidewalk Prophets, Shane and Shane, and many more. While taking in all the shows, families are also drawn to the multitude of other events and opportunities. Whether it is watching the Strongman team bend metal bars around their necks and rip phonebooks in half, or checking out the motocross dirt bikes defy gravity as they float back flips high above the crowd, it is three days of nonstop entertainment. There is even a special place for the younger kids (and the occasional adult) in the Kid Zone, which has every inflatable game you can imagine. At the heart of the festival are the ministries that seek to serve others, help those in need, and share the message of their faith. From toddlers to senior citizens, and everyone in between, the grounds are sprinkled with people who want to make a difference. The ministry of Operation Christmas Child, for example, allows festival fans to help stuff boxes filled with gifts and basic necessities to benefit kids in need around Christmas time. Many walk through the various tents like this one to see how they can play a part in helping someone in some way. It is love in action—truly a festival of fun, family, and a higher calling. “I learned that there is way more to a person than what meets the eye,” commented Beyond The Rock student producer Lynsey Bettig. This year Rockford High School (RHS) students, like […]

Rockford TV studio claims Pillar of Excellence

May 31, 2012 // 0 Comments

by KRIS DEYOUNG When one hears about major accomplishments in the field of television, often thoughts go to that of a luxurious ceremony representing what is known as “Television’s Gold.” Those in the TV industry are recognized for the greatest of accomplishments and performances both in front of and behind the lens. Those of us on the couch at home get to enjoy seeing some of our favorite shows and their creators as they wait in anticipation for this highly coveted award. That which is not often known to many is the high school division of the Emmys, which takes place all across the country. This year, Rockford students entered into the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences annual competition. This award represents outstanding television journalism by high school students. The best of the best around the state compete. This year, a group of Rockford seniors in the Advanced TV Studio classes took home first-place honors in the category of serious news. The team of students included Anna Dood, Kayla Tykosky, Mallory Bolin and David Dominiak. This team had the honor to cover the unique and sobering Healing Fields event that took place this past fall at Cannonsburg Ski Lodge, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy. This Pillar of Excellence is only the second ever to be won in the program, the last coming over seven years ago. The students were both shocked and honored at their victory. One of the lead videographers on the project, Tykosky shared how much she was impacted by the event itself. “September 11, 2001 was a major event that happened in our lives and impacted so many people,” she commented. “It was inspiring to hear how important remembering that day was to so many—even ten years later.” TV Studio instructor Kris DeYoung was most impressed with the level of professionalism in the project as well as the dedication from his kids. “These students were so impacted by the event that they really felt compelled to create a piece that was honoring to those lives who were affected by that tragic day. The students put in countless hours, and had a commitment to perfection, and the end result was one amazing video.” […]

Rockford TV studio claims state title no. 5

April 18, 2012 // 0 Comments

As soon as Anna Dood, student executive producer of Rockford High School’s (RHS) school news, approached the podium in her TV production class, you could tell she had a big announcement. All eyes were on her, as she let the class know results were in. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) had released the outcome of their yearly prestigious competition, and you couldn’t help but know good news was coming. One category at a time, Dood read results to the class, and the atmosphere quickly switched from silent anticipation to ear-clanging cheers. Finally, after all individual results were read, the class was waiting for the biggest announcement of them all: the state title. With great willpower, Dood held strong to the end, finally uttering those desired words, “We won MAB station of the year!” Loud applause, laughter and pounding on tables forested the advanced team that worked so hard to reach their goal. From the outset, this special team of students and their instructors had one major goal in mind for the year: to reclaim the title. The last victory for these video-loving Rams was in 2008. Since that year, Davison had claimed the crown three years in a row. “We watched their videos like game footage,” commented instructor Kris DeYoung. “We knew we had great competition, but this group wanted it bad, so bad they were even willing to meet in the summer to begin preparing. At one point I had students offering to find a babysitter for my daughter so they could come in on Sunday to work. Now that is dedication, and also pretty funny.” Alex Schaap, senior leader of the team, could feel the desire for the title from the get-go. “Mr. DeYoung and Mr. Springer got our whole class so fired up about this competition. Their passion for it was contagious. We really liked our ideas, and it was really exciting to see them succeed.” For Dood, it wasn’t just about the accolades, but her passion for the craft. “I worked hard because this is what I love to do and I want to be proud of my work, regardless of a prize or trophy.” With DeYoung’s first full year at the helm of the program, he was partially taunted […]