From ''In The Spotlight' - Issue 6 by Bastrop ISD

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April 16, 2019
(From the "In The Spotlight" - Issue 6 by Bastrop ISD)

Chris White
Bastrop High School, Class of ’16

Chris White graduated high school less than three years ago. Today, he is the Communications and Media Manager for the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, a significant role for someone so young. But he worked hard to get to where is and that hard work started in the audiovisual classes at Bastrop High School.

“I loved video production,” he said. “I really love crafting videos and enjoyed the whole process of making videos.”

Volunteering to film a candidates’ forum that the Chamber and the City of Bastrop were hosting is what opened doors for White.

“I volunteered for the City of Bastrop in their Communications Department while going to school at the Art Institute of Austin and working at H-E-B,” White explained. “Then I got hired part-time as an assistant storyteller. In December, the Chamber offered me a full time position, and I couldn’t be happier.”
White credits his A/V classes for helping him get his start. He learned the basics of storyboarding, filming, and editing.

“I already had editing skills from high school since we use the same editing programs and software,” said White. “It was such a seamless transition going into the workforce. My boss didn’t have to take any work hours to train me. I knew what he wanted, and I could make it happen.”

He was surprised when he went to college and had a similar experience.

“It was eye-opening-I learned so much in high school that when I went to college, there were students who had never done some of the things I had done,” said White. “To be in that position and have that learning curve is an amazing opportunity.”

White was at Bastrop High School recently to film a visit by the We Believe in BISD team, and he was given an opportunity to tell his teachers how much their preparation had meant to him.

“It was great to see the teachers, and they were surprised to see me because I haven’t even graduated from college yet. They have this image of the old Chris with long hair and a black hoodie,” White laughed.

“Now I’m up there looking business professional, doing my work. I can tell they think differently. They got excited. In fact, Becki Womble brought me up and just said, ‘We always talk about how you are the ones who are creating our workforce and now we have living proof of it.’ And it’s true. I am a proud graduate of Bastrop High School.”

For the full article by Bastrop ISD visit:
Becki Womble, President / CEO
(512) 303-0558