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Effingham media students sweep state honors
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Effingham County State Media Festival Winners

Blandford Elementary
Kate Freeman, 3rd grade, Tying Knots Live Action

Ebenezer Elementary
Nicole Naber, 2nd grade, Rainforest Sequential Stills with audio
Renee Garman, 2nd grade, Blue Tongue Lizard Sequential Stills with audio
Chloe Johnsen, 2nd grade, Divorce Sequential Stills with audio
Abby Henry, 2nd grade, Happiness Sequential Stills with audio

Marlow Elementary
Alyssa Livingston, 5th grade, Alyssa's Amazing Art Show Sequential Stills without audio

Rincon Elementary
Graham Corless, 1st grade, The Alaska Experiment Sequential Stills with audio
Autumn Gray, 2nd grade, Best Friends Forever Sequential Stills with audio
Megan Benninghoff, 2nd grade, The Two Dogs Sequential Stills with audio
Arianna Fournier, 5th grade , Unbreakable Spirit Interactive Sequential Stills

South Effingham Elementary
Mary Ellen Taylor, kindergarten, It's a Girl! Sequential Stills with audio
Julian Thrift, Paul Elliott and Thomas Patterson, 2nd grade, Hey Diddle, Diddle Animation
Mallory Jenkins, Olivia Bowser and Caroline Oates, 2nd grade, 10 Little Indians Animation
Jake Shikany, 3rd grade, King Tutankhamen Sequential Stills with audio
Chase Bradley, Andrew Townley and Austin Davis, 3rd grade, Art with Mr. Petit Sequential Stills with audio
Wesley Smith, Makay Walsh and Shae Gillespie, 3rd grade, Geometry School Sequential Stills with audio
Austin Thompson, Coy Kirkland and Garrett Harvey, 4th grade, The Solar System Interactive Stills
Chloe Phillips and Elizabeth Kicklighter, 4th grade, The Solar System Interactive Stills
Ben Brennan and Tyler Lloid, 5th grade, Drunk Driving PSA Live Action
Megan Small and Sabrina Pina, 5th grade, Endangered Animals Sequential Stills with audio

Springfield Elementary
Ian Blewett, 2nd grade, Do You See What I See? Sequential Stills with audio
Jeremy Kicklighter, 3rd grade, Pit bull Sequential Stills with audio
Anna Snooks, 4th grade, Cane You Make Syrup? Sequential Stills with audio
Noah Fournier , 4th grade, Snacks in a Snap Live Action

Ebenezer Middle School
Josh Gaspard and Hunter Clements, 8th grade, Fruitformers Animation

Effingham County Middle
Cassidy Blewett, 6th grade, Manners: Do You Have Them Or Are You Rude? Sequential Stills with audio

South Effingham High School
Caleb Hazzard, 10th grade, ATV Motocross Live Action
Jonathan Hess, 10th grade, At Arms Length Animation

Twenty-eight elementary, middle and high school students from Effingham County brought home awards for their outstanding media projects presented at the State Student Media Festival on May 1.  

The students who scored 96-100 are now eligible to submit their projects and compete in the International Student Media Festival.

The International Student Media Festival celebrates outstanding classroom media projects. Students and teachers from kindergarten through college are honored in a three-day event that includes workshops, screenings of winning entries and an awards ceremony. It has now grown to be one of the oldest and largest events of its kind. The festival has been sponsored by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology since 1974. AECT is an education professional association that has been a leader in promoting the use of technology to improve teaching and learning.

Student media projects such as live action video, Web site design, animation and photography foster learning across the curriculum. At the elementary and junior high school levels, reading comprehension, writing skills and math facilities are developed. In addition to those areas, high school and college students increase their abilities to plan, analyze and interpret results. Cooperation and leadership flourish where student media is encouraged.

Student created media, through its involvement in the world of computers, video, sound and photography, is a proven avenue to increasing student participation in the classroom learning environment. State and national educational standards are met and surpassed in the exciting atmosphere of creativity cultivated through the use of student media projects. Future academic and employment opportunities increase in relationship to the rise in technological proficiency.