Greenville High School graduate a finalist at student film festival

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 3:03 pm on Friday, June 22, 2012

Taylor Sirard at a glance

Name: Taylor Sirard
Age: 17
Hometown: Greenville
Family: Mother, Vicki; father, Joe; step-mother, Jessica; siblings, Ashley, Alex and MacKenzie.
Favorite movie: “I couldn’t possibly decide.”
College: Sirard will begin Grand Rapids Community College in the fall.
Hobbies and interests: “Before videography, my passion is art, specifically painting. Not to say videography isn’t art.”


GREENVILLE — A recent Greenville High School graduate makes it into the top 10 at the Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival for the second year in a row.

Taylor Sirard, 17, of Greenville, entered a 30-second film called “Diversity” to compete against others students all across the state.

“It’s about how diversity is a very important part of how our world works,” Sirard said.

According to the contest’s website, students K-12 create a 30-second public service announcement video focusing on healthy lifestyles, building character and/or celebrating diversity.

Winners are then chosen for each category and can be named a top prize winner, who will receive a $2,000, $1,000 or $500 prize package, or named as a trophy winner.

Taylor Sirard

Sirard was named as a 2012 Meijer Great Choices Film Festival Trophy Winner.

“Last year, I won third place, and this year I knew I hadn’t made the top three at all,” she said. “I had to be realistic and understand it’s still a big accomplishment. I’m very competitive with my own accomplishments — I always want to improve.”

Through her film, Sirard wanted people to see diversity as more than just a subject of race or color.
“Without it, there wouldn’t be any competition, creativity or talents,” Sirard said. “Everyone and everything would be the same. The world would be completely bland.”

According to a letter sent to Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines, audio and visual students and professors from Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Michigan State University, Compass College, Western Michigan University and Delta College judged the competition.

“Taylor has a wonderfully creative mind,” Greenville High School Principal Jeff Wright said. “She is a caring and compassionate person who will do many beautiful things with her life. The Meijer Film Festival Award is confirmation and recognition of her many talents.”

Sirard, who entered the contest during her senior year at Greenville High School, said she started making films her junior year of high school.

“Being able to convey an idea or mood using video,” said Sirard of what she likes best about making films.
Although she has favorites and inspiration in Hollywood, the Internet gives her the most inspiration to do her films.

“With the short films I do, I am inspired most by people I find on YouTube — my biggest inspiration is Mitchell Davis,” Sirard said. “As far as Hollywood directors, I’m a big fan of Tim Burton.”

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