Heritage and history were at the heart of a recent Walker Valley High School multimedia class project.
The students created photo collages in remembrance of Sept. 11 and for the Hiwassee River Heritage Center to display during the International Cowpea Festival in Charleston.
Interactive multimedia teacher Joe Bryan said the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society asked if his students could create something for their display.
Students were instructed to create the photo collages with a focal point and then more details to look at along with them.
The display boards highlight historic events and places throughout Charleston’s history.
“They’ve used hundreds of pictures and old scanned newspapers,” Bryan said.
Bryan said students had access to all the photos the historical society had and that each student had a project displayed at the festival.
Some of the photo projects highlighted activities that have taken place at the historical center.
Others highlighted historical landmarks.
“I picked my photos by the older ones, the ones that [had] colors that really stood out. Any older-looking building I thought looked important, I picked that one,” senior Kayla Sims said.
“It’s kind of a trial and error thing,” sophomore Laura Scarbrough said.
The class’ 9-11 collages were displayed at the school.
“I always do some 9-11 project,” Bryan said.
He said this was the first time since the event he had a class where students did not remember the events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001.
The students’ work was displayed in the hallway for other students to see.
Half the class was required to use original images while the other half was required to merge the photos.
Senior Chandler Hunt said the Sept. 11 poster was more personal for him.
“That’s something we’ve actually gotten to witness, see on T.V. ... It made it easier to know, ‘OK, this is the way we want to go,’” Hunt said.
Both projects were made possible through a larger printer that was purchased for the school at the end of last year. Bryan said before purchasing the printer the largest project the class had been able to print was 8 by 10 inches.
Sims said knowing the work will be displayed was an added incentive to make the project perfect.