NewTek today announced that Centennial High School of Peoria, AZ, is the grand-prize winner of the company’s smart car HD mobile production vehicle contest. The winning entry featured a high-energy rap video with lyrics about the educational goals of the school and its students. The grand-prize includes a 2010 smart car equipped with a TriCaster 455 multi-camera live production and streaming system, a 3Play 425 slow motion/instant replay system, control surfaces, and dual wing-mount monitors.
The initial entry and the video production was a collaboration between five seniors: Tim Litwiller, Yuriy Isparyan, Malik Farria, Jorge Flores, and Isaac Keene. The effort began with an entry essay written by Litwiller that earned selection to a group of ten finalists. Once the team was notified that they were among the finalists, the kids took over. They planned the entire video entry, and did all the shooting and editing. Ken Keene, Centennial High School Media/Video Production teacher who was advising the students, was out of town when the student team spent four 12-hour days editing their final contest entry. When Keene returned, he reviewed the entry and told the students that he thought they had a real chance at winning the car.
The winning video and the 9 other finalist videos are available for viewing at: http://pages.newtek.com/smar-car-giveaway-finalists.html