Chariho student wins statewide video competition

Chariho student wins statewide video competition

The Westerly Sun

RICHMOND — “The Herd” is breaking out of the Chariho region thanks to a video by Chariho High School senior Drew Anderson.

Anderson won the “Battle of the Fans” video competition sponsored by the Rhode Island Interscholastic League and open to all high schools in the state. The subject of the video: each school’s cheering section, and Chariho High’s students call themselves The Herd.

Chariho principal Craig MacKenzie sent Anderson the link about the competition, and he took it from there.

“We had to have original cheers and stuff that would pump up the team, it had to be a positive atmosphere,” Anderson said, explaining the criteria upon which the competition was judged.

Anderson, from Hopkinton, filmed fans at football, tennis, boys and girls soccer, and field hockey games. He was disappointed that the deadline for submission was prior to Senior Night, when the stands were packed.

Each submission had to be at least 60 seconds long and include at least a 30 second interview with someone explaining why their school’s cheering section is the best in the state and should win the competition.

Anderson’s video is 2:09 minutes long.

Anderson said eight videos were entered. He found out Wednesday that he was the statewide winner. He’s not sure yet if he’s actually going to win anything other than bragging rights, however.

“There’s a rumor that they might acknowledge it at the Thanksgiving game,” he said.

Anderson said he’s planning to enter the winter competition as well. He’s looking at college programs in hopes of pursuing a degree in video production and film.


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