2 St. Charles seniors take to YouTube to boost community

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ST. CHARLES, Minn. (WKBT) — Two graduating seniors at St. Charles High School are turning the misery that COVID-19 often imposes upside-down to accent the positive despite the pandemic.

St. Chas, Mitchell Aspe

Mitchell Apse

Mitchell Apse and Carter Mueller have spent the past seven weeks, since COVID-19 restrictions shut down school and all affiliated activities, to create and publish on YouTube a news/variety show to unite the Winona County community.

The show highlights positive things and includes some funny/quirky original segments, as well as interviews with their peers and teachers.

“These guys are smart, creative and funny,” said Jeff Apse, with a touch of pride reflecting not only his role as superintendent of the St. Charles School District but also as Mitchell’s dad.

“Their videos have been a highlight for our community,” the elder Apse said. “They have received thousands of views through our school district’s Facebook page, combined with their own YouTube channel engaging our youngest students to our oldest adults.”

St. Chas, Carter Mueller

Carter Mueller

Particularly entertaining is the video titled The Graduation Rap, which includes tributes to moms, teachers and classmates as well as a shout-out to a local coffee spot.
Mitchell, co-president of the Student Council, plans to major in film and television at DePaul University in Chicago. Carter, the council vice president, plans to major in economics at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

Following are links to the videos they have published so far:
SC Update #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z4vWog_s-A
SC Update #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrKkbLUdacE
SC Update #3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzNhDcIRtLs
SC Update #4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0PddR_BpmY
SC Update #5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaPWeGxKzEg
SC Update #6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ92-2AWvME
SC Update #7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGoSYGsZUxQ