By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT — As a child, Devin Poslusny said, he loved any kind of car racing. When he couldn't attend a race with his family, he would draw race tracks on giant pieces of cardboard and run his own races.
"I would broadcast the races and imitate the Fox newscasters," said, smiling as he remembered some fond moments that he thinks are a little silly now.
But like all boys, Devin, 16, outgrew his Matchbox cars and his hand-drawn racetracks. When he was 12, he decided to hit the big time and created his own car racing Webcast and YouTube page, commenting and bringing news of car racing alongside his Uncle Dave, who is also a big fan.
They called it Racing Hotspot and the weekly show brings news to his viewers about NASCAR, Indy Cars, Formula 1, Red Bully Rally Cross and a few other racing venues. His absolute favorites are the Legend Cars that are 5/8 fiberglass replicas of the cars driven in the 1940s and 1950s in NASCAR by drivers like Buck Baker, Fireball Roberts and Banjo Mathews.
With the acquisition of a video camera, Devin begin filming his own races, mostly at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Stafford Motor Speedway and Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut.
All along, Devin said his goal was to be as near to car racing as possible, even today, at his age, he is still not allowed into the "hot" pits at any speedway which are for those who are 18 or older, but also to improve his hand speed with the video cam and keep his target in focus. Limited to his positions along the outside of the racetracks and along the fences, he said he gradually became very good at keeping his target in frame.
When he became a freshman at Belmont High School last year, he began to channel some of his energy into high school sports and soon became the official videographer for the Belmont High School athletic department.
"I've always loved being members of teams," he said, noting that he played soccer and golf in middle school, but that he much prefers being a member of all the teams as the videographer.
"People love to see themselves on video," he said.
He continued to work on video hand speed while focusing on rapidly moving golf balls, basketballs, softballs, baseballs, and finally and arguably most difficult of all, a hockey puck.
"It's all snowballed," he said, saying that at first his parents thought he was taking on too much, but Devin said he hates saying no to people who ask.
His father, Roy, said that the family agreed that if Devin kept his grades at a certain level they would allow him to continue with both his weekly show and his videography for the school.
Roy said Tuesday that the Shaker Regional Athletic Director Erica Knolhoff actually set higher academic standards for Devin than he and his wife did, so that made him happy.
As for Devin, he thinks he should get good grades.
"I try to study hard and stay up with my homework," he said.
So while all of the things in Devin's professional life seem to be moving in the right direction, his recent acquisition of a much-desired drone isn't getting the support he had expected.
Devin said he worked all last summer at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion and has saved all of the birthday money and Christmas money in order to buy the drone. He said he used some of the money he had been saving for a car to purchase it and chose one that is already compatible with the software in the rest of his computer systems for both his school videography and his racing show.
The problem is the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association has a firm "no drone" policy when it comes to recording high school sports contests.
So Devin and Knolhoff have come up with a new solution that would have Devin filming with his drone all of the practices like soccer and basketball so the coaches have videos to review and show the players.
While the solution is a possible one, at the present time, there is no policy at all regarding drones and their use at the Shaker Regional School District.
Discussed briefly at last week's meeting, members of the School Board agreed they needed to address this as a policy. Canterbury member Heidi Chaney she spoke briefly with someone in Concord and said that, to the best of her knowledge, few to no schools allow drones to be used.
Nevetheless, the School Board, at the encouragement of Superintendent Maria Dreyer, has agreed that Devin could make a presentation to them about his previous work and his proposed work with his drone. The presentation is scheduled for the May 24 School Board meeting scheduled for the Belmont Elementary School at 6:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Devin is preparing his presentation. He said he would ideally like to show the School Board how capable he is, that he has excellent control over his drone and that it would be a benefit to the school's athletic teams for him to use it to record their practices.
But regardless of how his drone proposal goes, things are still looking up for Devin as a sports videographer. In two years when he turns 18, he will be able to gain better access to his beloved race tracks and next school year, which will be his junior year, he has been accepted into the Media Arts Program at the Huot Technical Center, something both he and his family were thrilled to learn.
Belmont High School Sophomore Devin Poslusny flies his drone over the table used by him and his uncle to broadcast their weekly car racing show. Devin hopes to be able to use his drone to record practices for the high school athletic teams. (Submitted photo)