In Aug. 21-27 issueBy Greg WellsTimes Journal Managing EditorABOVE: Dorsey Franklin (center) and her schoolmates in Lori Loy’s class enjoyed her popularity after becoming a “star” for The Weather Channel. Her submission won a contest on the international television network.
JAMESTOWN - Weather made for an exciting Tuesday for Dorsey Franklin. And an exciting Monday as well.
It started when her video submission to the Weather Channel was featured on their web site. Then came the email Tuesday that she had won that network’s contest.
“I was excited,” Dorsey, 7-year-old student at Jamestown Elementary.
Her mother Lucille said “I’m just thrilled.”
She said the young girl was competing against others as old as 18 in a contest to see who could submit the best, most creative weather video.
In Dorsey’s she is seen talking about a hurricane as she appears to battle winds at the beach.
“We did it down at Lake Cumberland,” Dorsey said.
In one of the shots, as Dorsey plays several characters, her mother points out the Rowena Landing boat ramp.
Earlier in the week two officials with the Weather Channel, Derek Van Nostran and Betsy Riehman, had praised the youngster’s presence in the video and indicated they felt it would at least place highly in the competition.
“She’s one of our favorites,” VanNostran said. “Dorsey was defiantly one of those that really caught our eye.”
VanNostran said the network was looking for an interesting way to involve young people in meteorology, and the contest grew out of that.
He said there were hundreds of videos submitted by people under 19-years-old from across the country.
The top prize that Dorsey won is an all-expenses paid trip to the network’s Atlanta headquarters for a back-stage tour, and other perks.
The two executives praised the “presence” that Dorsey presented.
Riehman praised the creativity of the videos from the budding weather men and women across the nation, and both said they will likely be holding a similar contest again in the future.
“I watched some of the older kids videos and they were amazing,” Dorsey’s mom Lucille said. She said that given the level of competition she expected Dorsey still had a good shot at either the most creative or more likely the best personality prizes. She’d not been willing to hope for the top prize.
Planning for the prize trip will likely take longer than making the video did. “We did it all in one day,” Franklin said.
“My husband Scottie put it together that night and we sent it in,” Lucille said.
She said the script had been hammered out in advance and Dorsey learned it and the went to the lake and shot it.
Lucille works at K-mart and Scottie is at Fruit of the Loom, and they have Dorsey’s school and her appearances on stage at the Star Theater to work around, but they’ll figure out a way to make it to Atlanta soon, Lucille said.
When asked if she may become a weather personality Dorsey said: “Probably. I like doing the broadcast and stuff.”
Monday her teacher and class mates were very excited as the video showed on the big screen in the classroom.
“Cool” and “yea!” and other youthful exclamations came forth in a wave when they were asked if they liked the video.