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Students walk red carpet with media projects
From left, Liberty Elementary Vice Principal Rebecca Mock, Kerston Norby, Liberty Elementary Principal Chris Anderson, Kaylee Stanford and teacher Alon Hammond pose for a photo during the Liberty County School System’s Media Festival. - photo by Photo provided.
Students and parents strolled down the red carpet May 10-13 in front of Liberty County School System’s Performing Arts Center, making their way into the annual Media Festival.
Poster-board paparazzi were held back by stanchions as families, teachers, administrators and board members took in the Hollywood-themed decorations and star-studded walk of fame. Cameras flashed and attendees were all smiles as they entered the theater to view two-minute snippets of students’ projects on the big screen.  
The stage buzzed as excited students received “Oscar statuettes” and certificates in honor of their accomplishments.  Students from Button Gwinnett, Frank Long, Joseph Martin, Taylors Creek, Liberty Elementary, Waldo Pafford, Jordye Bacon and Lewis Frasier Middle School were recognized all three nights.
Each year, students in Liberty County channel their creativity and technological knowledge into computer-based projects such as web pages, podcasts, live-action videos, animation, sequential stills, interactive stills and photographic essays. The projects first are entered into the school-level media festival competition. Entries that score a 96 or higher advance to the county-level festival, where three judges evaluate the projects. Those earning a superior score move onto the Georgia State Media Festival.
This year, 992 projects were entered into the Georgia Student Media Festival. From Liberty County, 109 of those projects advanced to the April 30 festival in Jonesboro, where each project was evaluated and scored by volunteer judges from across Georgia. Fifty-five projects earned superior scores and advanced to the International Student Media Festival.
To watch two-minute video segments of each media project, go to

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