November Student of the Month tells stories with video

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INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9)-- Some students have a knack for telling creative stories. Ryan Adams, a senior from Independence, has lots of stories to tell based on his long list of activities. But for now, he's happy to be behind a camera telling stories with video.

The 18-year-old knows how to do a little bit of everything. He takes the initiative to learn new things, which is why Adams does so much. "There's so many great people in every department and activity I'm involved in, “ he says, “but music is something I've really become passionate about."

Adams is a leader on his school's drumline. He's also a singer, active in musical theatre and plays local gigs with his own rock band. "Music has been able to give me emotion that words can't. And that's something really powerful," he says.

In addition to the arts, he's a decorated athlete. He has qualified for state in track and cross country. Now in his senior year, he's got his eye on the future, focusing on film making projects. "Right now, I'm working with the basketball team, with the wrestling team on making videos for their pre-season hype up,” he says.

"For him to come in as an internship student and kind of hone his skills and see how he can put technology into athletics is kind of a nice challenge for him,” says Auditorium Manager Travis McBride. "He's about as far as most college students would be in terms of working on the job and doing things that most adults are able to do at a high school level.”

"I really believe that there is so much to learn out there,” says Adams. “And that motivates me to want to come into class and be able to put forth my best effort. The main driving factor in my life is all that there is out there for opportunities for me, not just here at school, but also out in the community, out in the world.”

Adams says he's visiting several colleges to find the right fit. He wants to go into digital cinema or communications.