McKinley High Students Create Original Films for ‘Academy Awards’
- May 6, 2010
A bit of Hollywood magic visited McKinley High School April 29 during the school’s first annual Academy Awards Day. English IV students wrote research papers, completed creative writing pieces and filmed a movie – each piece based on a different aspect of the same student-selected topic.
Staff chose the top 10 percent of student movies from each class based on purpose, voice and pacing, images, economy of story length, proper copyright attributions and originality and creativity. Then the top 13 movies were ranked by area film industry judges: Clay Achee and Aaron Bayham, both of Raleigh Studios in Baton Rouge, and Shanna Forrestall with Louisiana Film Industries in New Orleans. The winners are (pictured, left to right) students Kelli Chustz (third place), Shanti Skidmore (first place) and Tabby Gonday (second place).
For the awards presentation on Academy Awards Day, 90 students and 40 parents, teachers and other adults attended movie previews at the Rave Motion Pictures in Baton Rouge.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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