BHS film student receives award from National YoungArts Foundation

Kiana Wyld, Lucy Harstrick, Josh VredevoogdBallard High School film student Lucy Harstrick has received a Merit Award in Cinematic Arts from the National YoungArts Foundation. She received the award, and a college recommendation, in recognition of the “exceptional artistic achievement” that is evident in her work.

The National YoungArts Foundation was founded in 1981 and supports creative young people in their exploration of the areas of music, theater, visual arts, photography, writing, and cinematic arts (motion picture). The foundation receives more than 11,000 submissions from creative youth all over the country each year. Harstrick’s music video Song for Anna was selected for honors through a blind adjudication process by a panel of judges, master teachers and artists.

Harstrick is a third year student in the BHS Video Production Program and plans to study filmmaking at college next year. She pitched the idea for the project to the Advanced Video Production Class last spring and worked with other BHS students Isaiah Hoban-Halvorsen (’13, now at NYU), Josh Vredevoogd (’14), and Kiana Wyld (’14) to realize her vision.

Song for Anna tells the story about romance, loss and the trials and tribulations of relationships. This is the second nod that the film has received after being awarded an Honorable Mention in the Fresh Film Northwest Festival last November.

Song for Anna will premiere with other recently awarded productions by the Ballard High School Video Production Program in February. The My Ballard team will keep readers updated with the details of the premier when they are finalized.

Photo courtesy of BHS Video Production Program. Photo from left to right Kiana Wyld, Lucy Harstrick and Josh Vredevoogd.

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