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Matthew Ballard video earns prestigious honor

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It is exciting to local youngsters succeeding in their chosen endeavors on a national scale. 

I've been following the videography career of Matthew Ballard, a Cascade Christian Academyl graduate who is now at Loyola Marymount University. His journey has been stunning. His passion for Kendama led him to the world championships in Japan and a sponsorship with a Denmark company. 

The kid is not only a world-class Kendama artist, but he's getting just as much attention for his  excellence in videography. He has done a number of Kendama videos and also has branched into other areas, including a segment shot in Burundi. His father Scott Ballard passed the word recently that a video Ballard shot was selected as a "staff pick" by the staff at Vimeo, one of the largest online video player sites on the Internet. The video is titled: Iijima Hiroki: Portrait of a Kendama Samurai." 

Here's what Matthew Ballard wrote about the selection of his video as a staff pick:"This is literally the biggest honor I could ever receive. Head to Vimeo right now to see it!!!!! I will most likely get 100,000 views today and over 200 followers and now I'm a part of an elite group of Vimeo members. Everyone I look up to are people from staff pics. I've literally dreamt of this day for years.”

Ballard is just one of so many talented people from this valley who are making an impact in the world. If you know of others who ought to be highlighted, please send me an email at