9/11 Tribute told by Heather Penney

Edited by Marlee G. and Andrew L.

One interview became a source for many stories published on this site and the JC Booth Morning News. Students learn to extract important information to give the audience a story with the rising action, climax, and resolution. At the time, 6th-grader Sophie Thompson was honored to interview Fighter Pilot Heather “Lucky” Penney. From this 40-minute interview, 6th-grader Marlee Rafter wrote a feature, Heather “Lucky” Penney Fighter Pilot.

Attached to the story is a portion of the interview that was edited by then 8th-grader Camryn Hunt. The focus of this portion of the video served as insight into Heather’s Role as a female fighter pilot. The story became a hit and was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), and she received awards from the Georgia Scholastic Press Association and The Fayette County Board of Education.

This year for the annual Patriots Day Tribute 8th-Grader Marlee Guest edited 20 minutes of the interview to create a 3 1/2 minute documentary about the fighter pilot’s role in 9/11. Andrew Lee is an 8th-grade student who has a passion for video editing and has volunteered to work after school in the Warrior News Broadcasting room. He has a sharp eye for detail, and along with finalizing this documentary, he compiles the various video packages that make up each morning news broadcast.

This documentary is an amazing story. Enjoy.