SOUTH HOLLAND | A total of 10 area high schools competed for awards in the third annual video competition sponsored by South Suburban College's Communications & Humanities Department and Career Development System.
The competition showcased the talent of area high schools and gave local students access to SSC's state-of-the-art facilities. High school students, their teachers and parents toured the college's facilities, featuring a television studio, control room, audio studio, and multimedia lab.
Students participated from TF South, TF North, Hillcrest, Argo, Thornton, Thornwood, Eisenhower, Oak Forest, Tinley Park, and Bremen. The awards ceremony was held in SSC's Kindig Performing Arts Center.
Students submitted work in nine different categories: Commercial, PSA, Short Comedy Subject, Short Drama Subject, Original Music to Video, Edited Video to Music, Original Video to Music, News Story, and News Program. High schools were allowed to submit their three best entries per category (with the exception of the News Program category for which only one is allowed). Entries were judged on aesthetic quality, technical quality, program design, and overall effectiveness.
"The number of entries almost doubled this year compared with last," said SSC communications instructor Don Norton, who served as master of ceremonies for the awards ceremony. "The students and teachers worked hard during this academic year to produce quality programs."
The Regional Award of Distinction was given to Oak Forest High School for the highest average score for contest submissions. The student awards for each category are as follows:
Short Comedy Subject
FIRST: Oak Forest "Rico's Adventure" - Brandon Kingsley, Ricco Lopez, Tom West, Melanie Haza; SECOND: Bremen "Twisted" - Cristian Pompa, Kelsey Peters, Amanda Bartak, Allissa Smith;
THIRD: TF South "Lollipop" - Steve Czerniak, Jocelyn Orozco, Cristina Garcia.
Short Drama Subject
FIRST: Eisenhower "Trapped in School 1" - Jessica Metheany;
SECOND (tie): Eisenhower "Trapped in School 2" - Junior Perez;
SECOND (tie): Thornwood "Why Me" - Arimis Collins, Maribel Estrada, Joy Murph, David Tinder.
Original Video to Music
FIRST: Eisenhower "Party in the USA" - Danielle Hogblom, Jesus Arciga;
SECOND: Eisenhower "Grease" - Karina Lagunas;
THIRD: TF South "Club Sport" - Cody Smith, Jocelyn Orozco, Lesleigh Meeks.
Edited Video to Music
FIRST: Argo "Looking Through Jesus' Eyes" - Priscilla Candelas
Original Music to Video
FIRST: Eisenhower "Of a Child" - Edwin Reyes, Ivan Nava;
SECOND: Eisenhower "Go to School" - Jovan Landry, Ilese Bynum;
THIRD: Bremen "Time for This Love" - Kelsey Peters, Amy Dirker, Megan McClafferty.
FIRST: Bremen "Drunk Driving" - Nicole Galvin, Kelvey Peters, Tom West;
SECOND (tie): Thornwood "End of Violence" - Robert McConnell, Brandon Yancey, Denzel Moody, Gabrielle Mason;
SECOND (tie): Oak Forest "Stereotypes" - Molly O'Callaghan, Kelsey Peters, Tom West, Amy Dirker, Jamal Hubbard.
FIRST: Eisenhower "Hoody 1" - Andy Ramos, Eric Callan;
SECOND: Eisenhower "Hoody 2" - Dustin Slaughter, Beverly Jackson;
THIRD: Thornton "dani'nicole'dontae'ray" - Tiara Dunmars, Capris Jordan, Husnaa Mora.
FIRST: Oak Forest "Fashion Show" - Molly O'Callaghan;
SECOND (tie): Bremen "Chris Abeyta" - Melanie Haza, Cristian Pompa;
SECOND (tie): Bremen "Peters Txting" - Kelsey Peters, Cristian Pompa, Megan McClafferty.
FIRST: Hillcrest "Hillcrest News and Sports" - Ebony Richardson, Davante Miller;
SECOND (tie): Bremen "Bremen BDTV" - Ricardo Lopez, Thomas West, Cristian Pompa;
SECOND (tie): Oak Forest "Oak Forest News" - Brandon Kingsley, Molly O'Callaghan, Felix Garza.
The SSC Communications and Humanities Department offers radio and TV and multimedia programs with the most current technology. From their first day in class, students enrolled in media production get hands-on experience with industry standard equipment.
For more information about the video competition or SSC's communications program, contact John Geraci at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2479 or Don Norton at ext. 2294.