Standout Student of the Week: Anna Beth Witherington

Every week, Fox 33 News will feature a standout student from the ArkLaTex; students who challenge themselves to go beyond what's required academically.

This week, Marquel Sennet introduces us to one student who's finding a way to stand out and shine despite working behind the scenes.

"She's very passionate about her artwork about her makeup design, about film," said Shannon Bamburg.

Bamburg is describing one of her standout students, Anna Beth Witherington.

"But, what really makes her stand out is her professionalism as a student," said Bamburg.

Anna Beth is part of the Bossier Parish Schools' talented arts program.

"She did "clue" the musical for us," Bamburg explained. "She showed up, introduced herself to the people she didn't know and was on time, ready to work."

What sets her apart is the fact that she didn't want to be on the stage but, instead, took an interest in working behind the scenes.

"Usually, I have a vision and I know what I want to be on camera, so I like to be behind it," Anna Beth explained.

She has a passion for special effects makeup. She did it for Halloween during her freshman year at Airline High School and was hooked.

"There, I realized if it's what you like to do then you should go ahead and do it and not care what anybody else thinks," said Anna Beth.

"She knows that this is what she really wants to pursue and she puts herself out there," said Bamburg. "She sits on the set of Salem and she's done work for a lot of independent films."

She even wrote, directed and starred in her own short film.

"It was about a kidnapping, which is my favorite kind of movie," said Anna Beth. "I like the thriller kind that makes sure the audience is into it."

She's entering it into the high school film festival at the Robinson Film Center.

"I love movies. I love storytelling. It's, favorite thing ever," said Anna Beth.

If you'd like to nominate a student as Fox 33's Standout Student of the Week, just visit and complete the form on the right-hand side.

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