Four students from Thomson High have joined thousands of students from across the country in a contest of producing media for educational purposes, dramatic use, and web publication.
Graduates Erica Green and Brian Crapps, and seniors Danielle Moore and Rainne Austin were all selected as winners in the 2005 International Student Media Festival, according to a press release from the high school.
Danielle and Rainne were winners in the Grades nine through 12 Sequential Stills category, according to the ISMF website.
Vocational Health Occupations Teacher Robin Dudley said the two girls had to write and illustrate a children's book describing a childhood disease as one of their assignments.
"This was the first year that we ever competed in the state competition, and then of course for them to go on to national competition was just phenomenal. I was just real proud of their products that they came up with," Ms. Dudley said.
Rainne's book, Splash Gets an Earache, was about a duck with an ear infection. Danielle's book, Mommy, My Hip Hurts, explained Leg-Calve-Perthe Disease. This is a condition in which the femur loses its blood supply. Danielle said she chose the topic because she had never heard of it before, and she likes challenges. She created her book of felt, cutting out the illustrations and gluing them on the felt pages. Danielle's book also won the judges choice award.
"I have a habit of overdoing everything. ... I love art, and I wanted to do something different, so I chose felt. ... I worked a lot and made a really big mess. ... I was proud of the finished product, oh goodness," Danielle said.
Erica - a correspondent for The McDuffie Mirror - had eight winning photographs in the Grades nine through 12 Single Photograph category. Erica said she chose her best work and made a PowerPoint slide show. She said the name of the presentation was Nature's Expressions. Erica said she learned her photography skills from her industrial technology teacher, Gregory Shouse.
"Erica is one of the most outstanding photographers that I've ever seen. She's got several state wins, and national wins, and she's just an awesome young lady to work with. If she continues with it, she'll go far. She has the drive; that's the thing," Mr. Shouse said.
Brian won in the Grades nine through 12 Live Action category, with his film noir, The Entrant. Brian said the film was a five-minute film with no dialog that he created for his senior project. The setting of his film was the 1940 gang war era. Brian said he filmed the scenes beside the Thomson Twin Cinema theater, using a fog machine to enhance the mood.
"It was a perfect assignment for me. It's just what I like doing. I don't care for mainstream things, I like the creative," Brian said.