When Brainerd High School senior Patrick Stenglein first took TV productions class, he was a "fishhead."
You're probably only familiar with the term "fishhead" if you are in any of the high school's TV production classes or if you're a BHS student.
Advanced TV production students call students in the beginning TV production class "fishheads" as they are new to the work. Stenglein was a "fishhead" at the beginning of his junior year, then joined advanced TV productions.
Stenglein joined because he had friends in the class who said it was great.
"I didn't realize how much I liked the class until I realized how great Mr. (Dave) Henschke (advanced TV productions adviser) is and how much I need his wit in my life," Stenglein said.
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Henschke, who nominated Stenglein as this week's Fine Arts Student of the Week, said, "Pat is at the heart of all the things we do. He is a class leader and is always willing to put in the extra effort to make our productions work."
Following is a question-and-answer session with Stenglein.
What do you like about Henschke?
"I have some teachers who treat me like an adult, but they know that I'm a kid and will talk down to me. Mr. Henschke will talk down to you, but he'll do it in a sarcastic way. He's become one of my favorite teachers.
Art focus: Advanced TV production.
Art activities: Drama.
Favorite subject: English.
Most memorable fine arts achievement: Playing the lead in "You Can't Take It with You," the school's 2006-07 spring play.
Favorite TV program: "Scrubs."
Favorite movie: "Garden State."
Favorite book: "Oryx and Crake."
Favorite song: "Let go" by Frou Frou.
Parents: Greg and Martha Stenglein of Brainerd.
"He'll let you do stuff in class. He doesn't hold your hands to help you. And if you screwed up, he'll tell you you did, and he'll tell you how to fix it. He's a great teacher."
When you first joined TV productions, what was the most difficult thing to learn?
"The editing program. We first used iMovie and then switched to Final Cut, which is more advanced. It was a challenge to learn."
What was the easiest thing to do?
"Coming up with ideas for story packages."
How many students are in TV productions this semester?
"There are 20, and to run a good production you need 13 students. We've been able to bump it up to 15. After someone sits out they want to come back to help with something. Everyone has been doing well."
What job do you enjoy most?
"The director because I guess I'm power hungry. As the director, you pretty much run the Warrior Update' (the school's TV newscast that is aired every Friday) and you make sure everything goes well. When you're not doing the program, you help the producer, who helps the students with questions."
What job wouldn't you want to do?
"The camera. I get really bored standing there."
Is this something you'd like to pursue as a career?
"In the beginning, I didn't think about it, but now I'm looking at it more. I'm leaning towards (becoming) an English teacher, but I'm interested in looking into a college where I also can do mass communications. I've been looking at St. Olaf and Concordia College in Moorhead."
How has this class helped you?
"This class has shown me how to work with people and that you can be on someone's good side. I've also learned that you don't have to be a jerk.
"We like to see ourselves as one big family here."
Josh Hermerding, senior, drama: The drama director said, "Josh brings character and pizzazz to every role he plays. He plays several different characters in our upcoming production, The Dining Room,' which runs Nov. 15-18."
Brooke Lange, senior, Fifth Street Journal: Fifth Street Journal adviser said, "Brook has been a great leader and a committed news editor for the Fifth Street Journal. Her peers recently voted her best staffer for issue number one."
JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 855-5851.
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