ELIDA — Jack Earl, a 17 year old senior at Elida High School, already has a head-start on his chosen career.
Earl is the owner of a business Jearl Productions, where he offers video editing and web design.
“My main goal is to continue working in web design, where I currently own my business, and possibly expand out into more video editing. I currently offer video editing, but it’s not like a major thing around here. I want to expand that and possibly get into content creation,” Earl said.
Earl is heavily involved in learning more about technology.
“Two years ago I joined a class called technology entrepreneurship and I learned (web design) through there. I was like, ‘hey this is something that I really enjoy doing and I think I could make a career out of it’,” Earl said.
He’s slowly built a clientele.
“Let’s see here. I think I’m in the middle of my fourth and fifth clients right now. I do the Village of Pandora, other than that I’m still in the early stages so I can’t say too much,” Earl said.
When students had to pivot to online learning, Earl had some difficulties at first.
“That’s no fault of the schools. That’s just my inability to focus on things,” he said. “The school did a very good job adapting to it. They had a couple of weeks where the government was like, ‘OK, we’re going online tomorrow so be prepared’.”
Earl sees the advantages of both the in-person and remote learning models.
“They both have their strengths. I personally like to get up in the morning. With online you can do it at your own pace, but when you’re in person, there’s the social side of things. It’s an environment where you’re more accustomed to learning the stuff. When I’m at home, my body isn’t in the mode to learn physics. It’s kind of like, ‘hey we can just kind of relax’.”
With the number of COVID-19 cases rising, Earl believes there are safer ways to educate students.
“Personally, I think that we should switch back to online. Maybe the administration knows stuff that we don’t, but if it was up to me, I think I would have switched online already,” Earl said.
Besides working on his computer, Earl enjoys being in band at Elida High School.
He plays percussion in the symphonic band and the snare drum in marching band.
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