Zachary Pennington, the award-winning videographer and Jackson County High School Senior, demonstrates his drone camera.
If you were to ask Jackson County High School student Zachary Pennington about his award-winning video, he would have to ask you, "Which one?"
The JCHS senior has been producing videos since he was 13, starting with a historical documentary of Gainesboro, which amassed more than 15,000 views. Two years later, a mini-documentary about the “Abandonment of Gainesboro” garnered the “Best Film on a Budget” award at the Johns Hopkins University Film Festival.
His video for the JCHS Drama Club won a $10,000 prize for the school through the NBC Rise Grant program.
Zachary produced a video in the eighth grade that caught the eye of JCHS Basketball Coach Jim Brown, who kick-started the teenager's interest in closed-circuit television.
“I found him his first week of high school and asked him to help with JCTV,” says Coach Brown. "I learned that he was not just talented. He was also dependable, trustworthy, and extremely well-mannered. He's been the backbone of JCTV, and we're blessed to have him at our school."
On February 7, in a virtual ceremony, Governor Lee honored Zachary with the Governor’s Volunteer Star Award for a video he produced for the Chamber of Commerce.