A Mount Airy youth placed second in a nationwide competition last month.
Jane Ferry said she learned she had earned a second-place finish in a national Junior Library Guild book trailer competition via email. While the Millennium Charter Academy student’s notification may have come with little fanfare, she said it didn’t serve to downplay her accomplishment.
“I was actually quite surprised,” said Jane. “I was overwhelmed.”
She indicated she was not aware of how many other trailers were entered into the contest, but noted entries came from throughout the United States.
Jane’s trailer, which lasts about 80 seconds, serves to portray a mystery novel by Jennifer Donnelly entitled These Shallow Graves.
The 14-year-old said she was given a list of books from which she chose the novel.
She found the mystery novel, in which a girl and a reporter solve the girl’s father’s murder, to be an enjoyable read. The book takes place in the 1890s, another attribute Jane enjoyed about the novel.
While much of the work fell on Jane’s shoulders, she didn’t go at it completely alone.
“I would like to give credit to Isaiah Fitzpatrick of Millennium Charter Academy and Emma Ferry of University of North Carolina School of the Arts for their help with voice-acting and filming,” Jane stated.
Jane said it’s the first time she had entered such a contest. However, other contests at the library have caught her attention.
Jane’s work in photography is on display at the Mount Airy Public Library as part of the Northwestern Regional Library network’s “Show us your Best” photography contest.
“I enjoy anything with a camera,” explained Jane. “I’m interested in film and photography.”
While it might be a little early for the middle school student to be making any life plans, she said she’s already thinking about incorporating her love for photography and film into the bigger picture of life.
“I’m really interested in anatomy,” said Jane. “I think I might go to medical school.”
“I think maybe I might grow up and end up starting a photography business on the side, though.”
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.