Charlie Ehrman’s bigger than life heart is well-known. The Huntington High School senior has done so much for so many, pulling more than a few all-nighters to assist some important cause with his remarkable filmmaking skills.
An exceptional young man who is headed to California State University at Northridge to study film and television production, Mr. Ehrman was presented with the Heart of Huntington Award by the district’s PTA Council at the organization’s annual luncheon at the Head of the Bay Club in Huntington Bay on Wednesday afternoon.
“The Heart of Huntington Award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated the core values of the PTA, including school spirit, volunteerism, community involvement, commitment to academics and a willingness to act as a role model for their peers,” said Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky, who was asked to present the award on behalf of the PTA.
Mr. Ehrman has captured a long list of local, regional and national honors for his films. The legendary C-SPAN bus even made a stop at Huntington High School after he garnered national recognition in its StudentCam contest for his insightful short film, “GMO: The Ascending Era.” He’s compiled a stellar academic record and was named a Distinguished Senior earlier this year.
“Charlie is a Renaissance man and a genuine ambassador for the Huntington school community,” Mr. Polansky told the luncheon crowd. “He is intelligent, talented, charismatic, passionate, beyond well-rounded and always places the needs of others before his. The smile is there perennially and it is routinely clear that he enjoys and makes the most out of his school and life experiences. Whether it be in the classroom, on the wrestling mat, participating in any number of school organizations or activities, bring the C-SPAN bus to Huntington High School or behind the camera where he has made an extraordinary mark, Charlie sets an incredible example for his peers and serves as an outstanding role model for our younger students.”
The teenager said the key to his success has been discovering his passion and committing to it. Mr. Ehrman has worked closely with art teacher Heather Swan, who leads the high school’s video arts program, serving as the veteran faculty member’s intern this year.
Mr. Ehrman earned varsity letters with the lacrosse and wrestling teams and participated in Natural Helpers and Habitat for Humanity. He’s made such a long list of highly regarded films that it’s hard to single out even a handful for special attention. His film documenting last fall’s Eli Mollineaux Day at Blue Devil Stadium is impossible to watch without getting emotional. Another of his films highlighting the good work of the Huntington Foundation was shown at the organization’s annual gala at OHEKA Castle this past March.
“It was a wonderful honor to receive the Heart of Huntington Award,” Mr. Ehrman said. “It is bittersweet to be leaving Huntington High School, but receiving an award like this reminds me of how Huntington has shaped me to be the person I am today.”
The Heart of Huntington Award carries with it a $500 stipend to help defer college expenses and a handsome certificate.
“To take nothing away from those who have received the award in the past, Charlie truly is and will always be the Heart of Huntington despite his impending journey to the west coast in a few short months,” Mr. Polansky said.