RHINELANDER - They can't vote yet, but a group of students at Rhinelander High School are making sure YOU fill out that ballot.
Jacob Stingl's A.P. U.S. Government class is working on a website that shows local voters where they can vote on November 6th.
In case you're not already convinced, they've also covered why it's important to vote.
Lindsey Lieck and 18 other students have been working on the site for over a month.
She said it doesn't make up for not being able to vote, but hopes it will help more people get to the polls.
"I want someone to come to the website and find information on something they were unclear about. I want them to be able to be knowledgeable and confident in their voting abilities," she said. "I think our efforts have definitely paid off in that this website will be able to help a lot of people."
For her teacher, it's not just about students helping the community - it's also about helping them learn and get involved.
"I hope my students take away from this that they can be politically active even though they're not old enough to cast a vote," Stingl said. "There's lots of ways to participate and I hope that by participating in this manner, it excites them about the process and encourages them to be a lifelong participant."
Northwoods filmmaker makes movies for the big screen
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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