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Digital Video Awards’ 73 Contestants Spotlight School District’s Click on Technology

| March 19, 2011

Bunnell Elementary's Garret Hunter, in the black shirt, acccepting his digital photography award for a project he developed with Trey DeLeon and Ernest Ardon. (© FlaglerLive)

If the Guggenheim Museum has its biennial video awards, why not the Flagler County school district, which has been emphasizing technology–and investing in it–since 2003?

The second annual Flagler Digital Media Awards show was held at the Flagler Auditorium Friday evening, featuring 73 contestants from every grade in six categories, from digital photography to computer-generated art to podcasts and video. Categories were broken down into four sub-categories each, so contestants competed within their age groups. Some of the projects were the result of work assigned in clas–an evaluation of Chaucer’s characters developed through print-authoring software, illustrations of “Civil War Stars” or explorations of the Loch Ness monster through slide-show like software, or a look at “Faces of Cancer” or faces of bullying through the now-popular use of video podcasts. Many projects were submitted specifically for the video awards.

The show reflected the growing range of expression and learning methods beyond the printed page, in media and subject matter. In one category, a project entitled “Increasing Literacy” competed against one entitled “Hitler Dead or On Vacation.”

The show began with a fast-action video montage featuring a mysterious character, in a menacing black helmet and black clothing, at the wheel of a speeding car or motorbiking and running through familiar scenes around town, particularly around the Flagler Palm Coast High School campus. The clip climaxed with the character pressing a button and blasting something on campus to smithereens (the realistic explosion was a digital overlay on a building at the high school). The screen went dark, the sizable audience applauded, then the character in the video walked on stage and took off her helmet and pumped a fist in the air: it was Janet Valentine, the school superintendent.

Winners received elegant glass plaques and gift certificates to Ruby Tuesday’s and Woody’s, jump drives (not yet delivered: the disaster in Japan is delaying those) and $10 iTunes cards.

The complete list of contestants and winners is in the chart below.

2011 Flagler Digital Media Awards (Winners in Bold)

Grade LevelContestantsProject Title
Digital Photography
K-3No entries received
4-6Trey DeLeon/Garret Hunter/Ernest ArdonECO-Nightmares
4-6Danielle Boudebes/Keishneil Ocasio
7-8Linh Le / Sabrina LensgrafLetter from a Vampire
9-12Nicole WelshFDMA
9-12 Katlyn GibsonWake Up
9-12Justin Evans
9-12Emily HarezlakFDMA
Computer-Generated Art
K-3No entries received
4-6Autumn Leishman/Ariana Amara/Jena Johnston
AJA Art Principles
4-6Liam Burns/Ryan Dudley/Ryan Conklin
The Sharks Art Elements
4-6Kiara Simonds/Shelbi TatumPurple Peach's Art Elements
7-8No entries received
9-12Kellen Aptekar

9-12Eunice BrenesFDMA
9-12Katie BrylFDMA
Print Authoring
K-3Jack MoffattPresident Comic Strip
K-3Mervyn GongScare the Leprechaun
K-3Laurissa Stevens
Amelia Earhart Bio
4-6Madison Friedman/Janine Jao

Eat Healthy

4-6Sierra Biggs/Taylor Allesse
Formulas for Area
4-6Judy ColindresEat Healthy
7-8Agata Bereznicka/Alivia Shelby/Rachel Secunda
Increasing Student Literacy
7-8Ashley SousaHitler Dead or Vacation
7-8Juan Salcedo/Christian Sikes/Michael ManningIncreasing Literacy
9-12Thomas Mancini/Summer Washko

Cell Organelles

9-12Tori TroinoCell Organelles
9-12Christian Baldwin/Ashley AspreyEvaluating Chaucer's Characters
Presentation Authoring
K-3Amelia Sheffield/Maria Sadio
Poisons in Florida

K-3Brady AraujoThomas Jefferson
K-3Sarah HarperCompass Rose
4-6Deanna DiniroRobust Vocabulary

4-6Sarah Main/Breanna Roux/Hana WalserCivil War Stars
4-6Sarah JaquartRobust Vocabulary
7-8Margeaux Williamson
Linear equations and slope

7-8Malia DistorThe Loch Ness Monster
7-8Brandon FlaschnerThe Bermuda Triangle
9-12No entries received
Enhanced Podcasts or Video
K-3Lauren HolmgreenAmerica's Past Time
K-3Rebecca ReynoldsAmerica's Past Time
K-3Vandyn PinckenyAmerica's Past Time
4-6Samatha PosellaEarth
4-6Yevgenia ZavyalovaEndangered Tiger
4-6Andrew Secunda/Tanner Hyers/Zachary VerdiTrouble at School
7-8Michael ReynoldsFaces of Cancer
7-8Maggie BernierFaces of Cancer
7-8Todd Cardillo/Cameron Johnson/Justin FernandezBermuda News Show
9-12Brooke Manze"The Taker" Book Trailer
9-12Autumn Krenz/Sydney ElliottWhy Learn French
9-12Christopher Colaluca/Marissa Ambrosio/Fallon Marks
Cancion Del Pirata

Ryan Deising, the school district's director of technology, was the master of ceremony.
(© FlaglerLive)

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2 Responses for “Digital Video Awards’ 73 Contestants Spotlight School District’s Click on Technology”

  1. ForThePeople says:

    Nice work showing how janet valentine is destroying the schools of Flagler county

  2. ForThePeople says:

    Its a shame that there are no companies in Flagler county that offer these kids something when the schools cut their arts and media classes due to budgets.

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