In partnership with the Matt Wyble Team of Century 21 New Millennium, the Severna Park Voice’s Student-Athlete of the Month series seeks to recognize the many student-athletes in our area who make an impact not necessarily by way of statistics or stardom, but by their unique contributions. The quiet leader, the solid role player, the glue guy or gal, the community voice on or off the field — those are the kids we seek to recognize. Do you know a young person in our community making a positive impact through or alongside sports? Nominate them by contacting Colin Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Falcon sophomore Flynn Prengaman is like many student-athletes at Severna Park: she works hard in school and at her sports, fulfills her roles to the best of her ability and supports her teammates however she can.
But Prengaman’s reach extends beyond her own teams — indoor track and girls lacrosse — and she’s committed to lifting up all athletes in all sports at Severna Park.
Through her work as a storyteller, Prengaman produces original videos of Falcon sports teams, recording their successes and failures, coupling action sequences with music and sharing her videos for all to see.
Filmmaking is a creative passion that has long held interest for Prengaman, and now it’s one that brings joy and school spirit to a wide audience in the community.
“My whole life, I have always been interested in making videos,” said Prengaman. “When I was 5, I got a Flip video camera and I would record my friends and I talking, dancing and singing. When I got to high school, I wanted to improve my video skills, and decided that filming sports would be fun. I started with football because my older brother played, and I enjoyed watching from the sidelines. I wanted people to see the games as I saw them and tell a story in a positive way, from my perspective. My goal is to highlight everyone on the team and support them.”
Prengaman publishes the videos on YouTube and Instagram under the name FX Flynn. It’s been a success this school year as the football program and boys and girls basketball programs have all had their players captured and celebrated through Prengaman’s videos.
“I really like the response from my classmates,” said Prengaman. “Everyone is very positive and encouraging. I often get asked when my next video is coming out. The videos seem to bring the school together and get people excited to go to the games. I have gotten to know many new people that I may not have known otherwise.”
While she’s working at her videos, she’s also maintaining excellent standing in the classroom as a Minds In Motion Scholar Athlete. Naturally, her favorite classes are Digital Photography and English, and she also enjoys dance for athletes and is taking a TV production class this semester.
Prengaman’s video pursuits shouldn’t detract from her on-field accomplishments, either. She trains year-round for the track season and plays lacrosse, both for the Falcons JV team as a freshman last year and for her club team, Maryland United 2022.
Her United club coach of five years, Jenn Baldwin, said Prengaman’s impact on the game and her team is broad and varied.
“ has never been a very vocal player but leads by example with smart, aggressive playing and hard work,” said Baldwin. “Due to her smaller size, there have been times where her opponents underestimated her abilities both with the ball and off ball, and paid the price. She has very strong stick skills and shooting capabilities, both left and right. She is very feisty on the draw and uses her great speed within the midfield to leave her opponents behind. She has always been a consistent force on both ends of the field. Flynn is a very unselfish player and does what is best for the team. Off the lacrosse field, Flynn is known to be very kind, witty, and creative — finding ways to use the latest technology — for mixing music or creating video montages.”
JV Falcons coach Annie Houghton expressed similar sentiments about Prengaman, who was among team leaders in goals and draw controls last season as a freshman.
“While she played predominantly midfield, I felt confident playing her in any position on the field and she was willing to do so for her team,” said Houghton. “That speaks volumes of her as a player and teammate. Hands down, she is one of the fastest players on the team, which makes her hard to defend. Flynn has a positive attitude that is infectious.”
Prengaman is enjoying the mix of playing and filming sports, and she is excited that she has received support from coaches and administrators in her film pursuits — she thanked varsity football coach Mike Wright for being especially supportive.
She’s excited to continue the journey documenting her fellow athletes in action.
“Video making has always been my passion,” she said. “Even though I am now busy with track and academics, the videos have become one of my priorities, and I plan to continue through high school and into college.”