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Students strut down red carpet
Sai Harvey holds up a star bearing his name on the red carpet. - photo by Photo by Lauren Hunsberger
With plots as diverse as the young directors who created them, dozens of elementary school students had a red-carpet screening of their award-winning multimedia projects Tuesday night at the LCSS Media Festival.
“We’re honoring the students that produced multi-media projects which earned a superior score of 96 or higher at the Georgia Student Media Festival [which] took place May 1 in Atlanta at the Georgia Public Broadcasting Building,” media coordinator Jaime Rearley said. “Ninety-nine student projects were submitted from Liberty County. Forty-six of the 99 earned a superior score.”
Students arrived dressed in their best evening attire and paraded down a red carpet, posing for the parent paparazzi. As each winner’s project was screened, board members and teachers handed out miniature golden statues to the groups, classes and individuals who demonstrated a creative and comprehensive understanding of their chosen medium.
There was no shortage of ideas or material. Some winning projects — like Carla Schaadt’s kindergarten class’ “Life Cycle of a Butterfly” — were documentaries and focused on real-life topics. Nathan Spradley’s “My Trip to Oatland Island” and Mya Gilliard’s “My Top Ten States” also
drew inspiration from facts.
Others — including “The Swimming Suit,” by Katie Purvis’ second-grade class, which followed a lost pair of swim trunks through a wild adventure in the sea — demonstrated the young students’ creativity. Other projects dabbling in fiction included “Mythical Creatures” by Debbie Parker’s class and “Three Ponies” by Caroline Rykard.
“You never know, they could become future filmmakers,” Superintendent Judy Scherer said as she greeted the students and their families.
Rearley said the competition was tough.
“Before a student project could even qualify to go to the state media festival, it had to earn a superior score at the school and county media festival,” she said. “We have some live videos, Web sites, interactive stills and sequential stills.”
The students who received superior scores at state go on to a national festival.
“It’s a showcase of how much they’ve learned in terms of technology,” Scherer said.
The following elementary schools all had students attend: Jordye Bacon, Liberty, Lyman Hall, Taylors Creek, Waldo Pafford, Frank Long, and Joseph Martin.
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