Pinckney preschool teacher Kara Walter said taking second place on Sunday’s episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for her, two of her best friends and their two young children.
A video Walter shot of two of her students at Farley Hill Elementary, Maci McCoy, 5, and Major Sylvester, 4, won a $3,000 prize on ABC’s third episode of the show’s 30th season.
While they did not win the top prize of $10,000 nor a chance to compete for a $100,000 grand prize, Walter said it was an exciting experience.
“We watched with at least 75 people, including family and friends,” at a viewing party at Zukey Lake Tavern in Hamburg Township, said Walter, 42, of Pinckney. “It was such a great night to be with friends and family and see everyone rooting for us.”
“It was so nice to be part of something that shined such a positive light on Pinckney,” she said Monday morning. “We felt so supported and loved by the community last night and were so happy to make everyone feel like they were on this journey with us. It was a great experience with memories that will last a life time.”
She said Maci and Major were too busy having fun with their friends at the viewing party to pay much attention to the episode.
“It was funny,” Walter said. “They weren’t too impressed with it. They were just having fun with their friends. I think they are over watching themselves.”
On the show, the video appeared during a segment on kids and their sense of comic timing.
The show named the video “Not so sweet 16.”
The video captures Major and Maci, who were both four years old at the time, having an unexpected conversation. Major was nervous about growing up and talked about how he is worried that when he is 16 he will be all alone and never see his mom and dad again.
Instead of saying something comforting, Maci tells Major he won’t be alone until his parents die.