For most high school students, television is a way to relax after a long day. For Charles Page High School senior Spencer Wright, however, the thought of creating television is much more exciting.
Wright, who has lived in Sand Springs his entire life, became interested in film through the school’s broadcasting class, Sandites TV.
“In my sophomore year, I joined Sandites TV, which was then only the class’ second year,” Wright says. “It was created to broadcast the school’s sports games, but I joined because I wanted to make videos for the school. Sandites TV is the best class at Charles Page, and I’m so thankful to have been a part of it.”
Sandites TV has equipped Wright with the knowledge he needs to move further in his film/broadcasting career, he says.
“I’ve loved movies for as long as I can remember,” he says. “I’m going to college with hopes of being a film director, which is definitely not the safest field to go into. I don’t have a fallback plan, so things might go very badly for me in the future, but there’s nothing else I want to do. In Sandites TV, I’ve been able to make dozens of videos, and I have even been able to use the school’s video equipment to make my own scripted videos.”
Wright says he is “forever grateful” for the education he received in teacher Janet Thompson’s class.
Senior at Charles Page High School
“I’ll be forever grateful for Mrs. Thompson’s support throughout my three years in the class,” says Wright. “I’ve had some pretty strange ideas and have recorded some pretty strange stuff over the years, and somehow I’ve been encouraged to do all of it. The things I’ve learned in Sandites TV are invaluable, and I truly believe that all the videos I’ve made and everything I’ve learned from them will help me immensely in the future.”
In addition to Sandites TV, Wright is involved in the CPHS band and jazz band. He has been involved in band since sixth grade and jazz band since seventh grade, playing tenor saxophone in both. The 4.3 grade point average student is also being honored as a Top 5 candidate for Sandite King, the highest honor a Charles Page High School student can receive.
“I was surprise to make it into the Top 10 for Sandite King, so needless to say, I was even more surprised to find myself in the Top 5,” he says. “I can’t help but find it strange seeing myself on the ballot with the other four nominees, as they’re all quite popular athletes and I’m the jazz band and Sandites TV guy who stood on stage in silence for three and a half minutes as his act during the talent show one year. It really is an honor to be nominated alongside the others, because all of them would make fine Sandite Kings.”
Outside of school, film, movies and music are on the forefront of Wright’s mind.\

“When I’m not at school, I’m usually feeding my perfectly normal and healthy obsession with movies, or fueling my other perfectly normal and healthy obsession with The Beatles,” Wright says. “Whenever I’m not doing that, I’m usually writing (video) scripts, or I’m busy being the worst guitar player I’ve ever heard. That is, compared to George Harrison, I’m the worst guitar player I’ve ever heard.”
Wright plans to attend the University of Oklahoma this fall, where he will study film.