Oh, Paducah! How we love thee!

How do we love thee?
Let us count the ways!

When Paducah Bank set out to solicit the whys and wherefores of loving our fair city, it seemed at the time to be a fun way to interact with high school students on Facebook. What it turned into was a project that took on major themes beyond our expectations.
The winning “I Love Paducah” video was produced by St. Mary student, Katie Paxton. Everyone at the bank fell in love with the idea and the song that Katie chose to accompany her production.  So we embarked on a mission to produce a television commercial based on Katie’s theme and using the song “Lay ‘Em Down” by the band NeedtoBreathe. After several months of learning the ropes involved in getting a licensing agreement to use this song by the up-and-coming band, we eventually created the “I Love Paducah” video that has been running locally to rave reviews from people in the community. In this edition, we want to commend the students whose creative video works were submitted as a part of our I Love Paducah video contest. Each was unique and successfully expressed the creator’s own personal affection for the city we all know and love.
We are Paducah! We are Paducah Bank!

Chase Martin

Chase Martin

“I had a friend from Houston, Texas, named Nick who was diagnosed with leukemia. He had never been to Paducah before, and he wanted to come and visit. We planned a big nine-day trip in the summer of 2009, so he could see Paducah and the 12 • WOW! VOLUME 18 / 2011 “When I saw the ad for the contest I noticed how they used hearts all over it, so I wanted to work hearts into my video. I was thinking about how I wish I could draw hearts on everything I love, but that’s illegal! So I thought of using post-it notes. I found some pink ones in my mom’s desk, so it worked out perfectly. What I really wanted everyone to get out of the video is how Paducah has little things people enjoy that some people overlook, like the cobblestone roads and the history of Chief Paduke. It shows how special our little town really is!” surrounding area. Nick passed away in November of that year. Nick was my biggest inspiration for the video. In fact, he is in the last picture on the video. I wanted to show people who have never been to Paducah what this great city has to offer. Almost everything that I put in the video is something Nick and I got to see together, although there was so much more to show and not enough time to do it. But I did want to give a general overview of the city, so I decided to stick with the downtown area because of its diversity. Paducah is a town built on art and beauty, and I feel that everyone should be able to experience it for themselves. I wanted my audience to see the pride we take in our community, and to inspire them to experience everything that they can to get a feel of what Paducah is really about. Not many people consider Paducah a major tourist attraction, but the videos that all of the contestants entered show everyone why this is such a great place to visit!”

Katie Paxton

Katie Paxton

“When I saw the ad for the contest I noticed how they used hearts all over it, so I wanted to work hearts into my video. I was thinking about how I wish I could draw hearts on everything I love, but that’s illegal! So I thought of using post-it notes. I found some pink ones in my mom’s desk, so it worked out perfectly. What I really wanted everyone to get out of the video is how Paducah has little things people enjoy that some people overlook, like the cobblestone roads and the history of Chief Paduke. It shows how special our little town really is!”

 

Elizabeth Wilcox

Elizabeth Wilcox

“Paducah is where I’ve grown up. My roots are here—my faith, family, and friends. Next year, I will be heading to Ole Miss for college and I wanted to make the Paducah Proud video to remind me of all the things I love about our charming city. Some teenagers may argue that there is nothing to do in Paducah. I challenge that. With our history, school spirit, and comfy cuisine, we definitely have a Southern charm. It is not too big and not too small. Paducah is a wonderful place to grow up!”