Yancey de Pleasant has made statewide videos with ‘iHunter Productions’

This is the final installment in a five-part series featuring a graduate from each of Marion County’s public school districts.

Hunter Yancey spoke about the production of Lakewood Ohio’s Division 1 State Championship victory video at St. Edward Football as if nothing had happened.

For the Pleasant High School grad who is already building his own video production company, iHunter Productions, with real-world customers, it apparently was.

Yancey, who plans to attend Ohio State Marion in the fall and then transfer to the Columbus campus next spring, first opened his YouTube account and got interested in making videos when he was in college.

“I just saw people vlogging and stuff online, and as a college kid I wanted to be like them and be famous, but when I started doing videos, I started doing videos for people and it’s sort of moved on to that. I do commercial ads for people sometimes and mostly highlight videos and live shows,” he said.

Yancey’s commercial success began when he was a sophomore at Pleasant and the basketball coach asked him if he would do a highlight video for the team.

“I did that, and I really enjoyed doing that, so I started doing it more and more for Pleasant, and then other schools hired me,” Yancey said.

He now wants to study business and marketing at Ohio State to grow his business and his skills into something he can turn into a career, hoping he can continue to pursue sports media, but saying that he understands that this is a difficult area to tackle.

However, his experience precedes him and recommends him.

Teenager Marion has made videos for the district ranging from the state of schools address to sports highlights to streaming games people can watch online throughout the pandemic.

The work he is most proud of is the state championship football video he made for St. Edward High School: the first of many videos he made for the school’s athletic program. .

“I’ve worked with a lot of schools all over the state. I’ve done a lot of videos for St. Eds. This football video was the first one I did, and they liked it, so I did basketball, hockey, wrestling, a lot of different videos for them, and I worked with a lot of people. other schools, mostly in Columbus,” Yancey said.

Beyond documenting them, sports also played an important role in Yancey’s enjoyable experience, as he played soccer in his freshman year and was a member of the golf and tennis teams for all four years of the high school.

It wasn’t until he had his last tennis match several weeks ago that he realized high school was coming to an end for him and his classmates.

As a student from Pleasant, Yancey played golf and tennis for all four years.

“It was a long and difficult game, very tight, and when I won it was crazy: just before serving, I was like, ‘This may be my last point to play in high school,’ and when I finished it was the first time I realized it was all coming to an end,” he said.

“I’m happy to take the next step, and I’m thrilled about it, but I’m also sad, you know, all the people I won’t see anymore and all the things I do at school love sports and the help, the media program here, I’m going to miss it a lot and it’s sad to see this phase close,” Yancey continued.

In school, he was fortunate enough to take classes that developed his creative skills with English teacher Linda Van Meter who taught creative writing, newscasting, and video lessons.

Van Meter describes Yancey as a creative and talented young man with a great sense of humor and maturity beyond his years. She said it was amazing to watch him develop his talents throughout high school.

“He’s an amazing student. He’s one of those teenagers who is comfortable talking to adults and completely mature in the way he communicates with anyone. His video skills are amazing because even when he was in college, he had his iHunter Productions,” she said.

It was also Van Meter who helped with another of Yancey’s projects that he casually mentioned, almost as if it were an afterthought: starting and editing a sports newspaper for Pleasant’s sports teams.

She said the athletic director approached her, explaining that he and Yancey were working on writing an article highlighting enjoyable sports. He asked if his students could write the stories as Hunter would be unable to write the articles on top of all his other responsibilities.

“I’m close to our sporting director, and he came to see me at the start of the year, because it’s his first year as sporting director. He said he sees other schools like Harding having this sports journal that they kind of do every week, so he asked me to kind of build it from scratch,” Yancey said.

“I kind of put it together and then we have students in the communications class who write articles and send them to me and I put it together and send it.”

Still, that’s not all Yancey has done to help the school’s athletic program, as he’s also helped create digital graphics for windscreens on Pleasant’s tennis courts and art works. art with district coaches for the new school gymnasium.

Van Meter said she asked seniors in her advanced creative writing class to come to the front of the class and share their plans for the future, and Yancey shared her business and marketing exploration plans.

“Other seniors were like, ‘Hunter, you have to be out there with the sports teams filming,’ because everyone, including me, believes in him, and I really think he’s got what it takes. to go somewhere,” she said.

“I really hope he uses all his gifts for technology and his eye for photography and video. I hope he uses it in some way, and it will be exciting to see where he will go.”

This is the final installment in a five-part series featuring a graduate from each of Marion County’s public school districts.

Story by: Sophia Veneziano (740) 564 – 5243 | [email protected]