Student Videos Build Connections
When prospective students and their families visit Roland Park Country School for the first time, they can feel firsthand the tangible and undeniable energy of our community. “I knew for sure that I wanted to attend RPCS after my shadow day, which showed me the spirit and happiness that the students carry with them during the school days,” said Charlotte Wight, 2022.
Knowing that students who are interested in learning more about RPCS may not be able to visit campus in the same capacity as years prior, Charlotte, and Wynne Moffet, 2021, began separately brainstorming new ways to share these kinds of experiences. Wynne is co-president of the Red Key Ambassador program that supports the Admissions office to connect with prospective families and Charlotte is co-vice president.
Charlotte asked herself “What did I want to know about RPCS when I was applying? How does that change now that everything is virtual?” She found inspiration from Student Government Association (SGA) president Lily Cohen, 2021, who selected the word “story” to best define this school year. First, Charlotte created a short animation video and presented her idea to Mrs. Molly FitzGerald, the Assistant Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions and Mrs. Lindsay Sisson, the Director of Admissions. They loved the concept and encouraged her to run with it and Charlotte worked closely with Mrs. FitzGerald all summer to plan out the storyboard and script and interview the narrators. The final video, Our Story, shares six chapters about the RPCS Upper School, including STEM, World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Athletics, Clubs and Student Life. Each chapter is narrated by a different Upper School student with accompanying animations all created by Charlotte. “I loved getting the opportunity to work with students of all grades and backgrounds to create the narrative of our school from the students’ perspective,” Charlotte said.
For Wynne, she wanted to show her gratitude and appreciation for Roland Park Country School, especially this year. “RPCS has given me an immense amount of opportunity and has instilled values in me that I will carry for my life,” said Wynne. She wanted to convey our community feel to prospective students and came up with the idea to portray RPCS students’ sentiments about why they are grateful for RPCS. Over the summer, she created the video, Why I Love RPCS, which includes heartfelt testimonials from our Upper School students who asked why they loved the school.
“Roland Park Country School is far more than just a place; rather, it is a home for almost 600 students,” Wynne said. “I loved capturing their incredibly genuine responses.”
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