McDuffie students competing at the state media festival qualified 16 projects for the International Student Media Festival, Nov. 10-12 at Jacksonville, Fla.
Jennifer Newton, Thomson High School's instructional technology/media specialist, said 13 of those projects were certificates for Excellence in Media Production. One was selected as Judges' Favorites and one as Best of Festival.
Newton said the projects were completed last school year, and were judged in April 2011. School winners advanced to the county level and on to the state level. She said the festival encouraged creative ways to utilize technology in class. Students may enter podcasts, digital stories, live-action video or animation.
Newton offered congratulations to the following students:
Whitney McCorkle (Thomson High School), "My Sister Has RSV" (Best of Festival);
Celeste Jones, Tayla Burgess, and Shanree McNair (Norris Elementary School), "Geometry Dictionary";
Sarah Gary, Cam'ron Tucker, Caiden Candler, David Evans and Dave Walker (Maxwell Elementary School), "Super Cool Vertebrates";
Sydney Guerrero (Thomson Elementary School), "Doodlebug";
Kaylee Tam, Deyon Moss, Morgan Newsome, Cameron Rushton, Andrew Holiman and Karissa Samuals (TES): "Tropical Rainforest";
Emmie Hall, Callie Ann Corbitt, Destiny Moss, Halyn Fulmer and Amber Clark (MES), "Shapes Around Our School";
Clinton Terry (THS), "Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet";
Mary Williams, Ja'Alexus Griffin and Barbra Jones (NES), "A Geometry Dictionary";
Drelon Romer, Journey Ivey, Jala Dawson, Kendal Wallace and Maydsen Brabham (MES), "Our Shape Book";
Shay Roberts (THS), "Why Can't I Read?" (Judges' Favorite);
Jake Tuten, Hunter Vinson and Johnny Welch (Thomson-McDuffie Middle School), "Italy";
Brooke Herkel (THS), "Cat Scratch Fever."
Newton said McCorkle, Herkel and Roberts created children's digital storybooks through their health class. The assignment was to explain a disease to children.
Terry used animation for a literature class project, to reinterpret the Shakespeare work.
"We have to put the technology back in the hands of the students," Newton said.
The McDuffie Mirror staff contributed to this report.