To make the most of your high school experience, get involved,” advises Rian Fann, a junior at Bledsoe County High School. “Try out for a sport. If you don’t make the team the first time, try again. Participate in all kinds of clubs to find what you really like and get to know as many people as you can.”
This strategy describes how he is taking on his high school years. Since Fann transferred from Palmer Elementary to Bledsoe Middle School in seventh grade, he has experienced meeting new friends and adapting to new environments.
One of his favorite activities is running cross country on the track team. “This is my third year running on the high school track team,” Fann says. “I really enjoy running. It is an individual sport, so at a competition, it’s great when the fans are rooting for you as an individual. But it also means that how well I do is all up to me. So I am always challenging myself to improve.
“I am proud to have been chosen the cross-country team leader this year. It is my responsibility to serve as a role model for the younger members of the team — to help them learn to push themselves to improve the way I push myself.”
Even though his chosen sport is cross country, he also loves football. The middle school football coach knew this, and when he asked if Fann would be interested in serving as the team videographer, his answer was, “Yes!”
“I had never done anything like that before, but I was willing to learn,” Fann says. “I was trained by the student who had done the videography the year before, and even though I really didn’t know what I was doing at first, everyone helped me out. I was really happy to continue when I got to high school.
“I like being a part of a team and hanging out with the players and coaches — feeling like what I do contributes to the success of the program, which is different from the success I feel as an individual competing in cross country.
The videos I shoot can be downloaded to the coaches’ iPads during the game so they can show the video to the players in the locker room and figure out how to improve their performance. Providing this service makes me feel like I’m both a part of the team and a part of the coaching staff.”
Filming the football games is not Fann’s only photography skill. He also recorded the basketball games for one year and is now serving his second year as the staff editor and photographer for the high school yearbook.
“I enjoy working on the yearbook because it is a very creative process,” says Fann. “I get to take a lot of the photos. Then, we, as a staff, get together to choose the best photos, come up with a theme, design the layout and create our yearbook. It is really cool to see the reactions of our classmates when they get their copies.”
Fann also serves as the manager for the cheer team; is junior class treasurer and a member of the FCA and DECA Clubs; and has participated in a number of DECA Business and Marketing group presentation competitions.
Fann’s plans for the future have been influenced in part by his high school activities. His goal is to pursue a degree in communications and broadcast journalism. An honor student who has taken honors-level classes since seventh grade, Fann says he has been interested in becoming a broadcast journalist since he was a child watching the news with his grandparents.
“Rian is a excellent academic student, maintaining a 4.0 GPA while taking honors and dual enrollment courses,” says Cyndi Johnson, counselor at Bledsoe County High School.
“He is the type of student every faculty and staff member loves to have around — respectful, courteous, hardworking and diligent. His work with the yearbook staff, journalism courses and filming for the football and other athletic programs provide him with hands-on experience in his chosen field.”
SVEC is proud to honor this very involved young leader.
“Rian Fann is a hard-working, intelligent and unselfish young man. He is dedicated to both his academics and extracurricular activities. His film work is a huge asset to our football team and allows us to evaluate and share how our players perform on the field. Thank you, Rian.”
DeWayne Tabor — BCHS Head Football Coach