NEW YORK (July 20, 2017) – StudySync has announced the winners of its fourth annual MyStudySyncTV contest. A panel of judges screened student-produced videos that mimicked the signature StudySync®TV videos of student-led literary discussion groups on texts within the StudySync program. The 2017 top production awards went to the eighth grade students of Elizabeth Ellison at Robert C. Fisler School in Fullerton, Calif. and the students of Katharine Hertz at Geneva High School in Geneva, Ill. Both teachers will receive a $500 Amazon gift card for classroom supplies. Recognition was also given to the best actor, actress and ensemble cast at both levels.
Middle School Winners and the Runner Up
Robert C. Fisler students made an impressive showing this year, achieving a grand sweep of the middle school awards. In addition to taking the top production award for their enthusiastic and thorough analysis of Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I could not stop for Death,” Ellison’s students won the Best Middle School Ensemble Cast award for their production of Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House. One of Ellison’s students, Gianne Veluz, also won the Best Actress award for her performance in a MyStudySyncTV video discussing John Green’s novel The Fault in our Stars.
“Ms. Ellison has participated in previous contests and is a long-time StudySync user,” said Robert Romano, Co-Founder and CEO of StudySync. “The level of excellence we saw in her students’ video submission made it clear that they have internalized the collaborative interaction and comprehension skills that are modeled in StudySync TV. Seeing students so inspired and creative was the most gratifying part of this competition for me.”
The Best Actor award went to another Fisler student, Carson Kim, the sixth grade student of Katrina O’Meara and the star of a video about David Halberstam’s nonfiction work The Fifties. StudySync also gave an honorable mention to the grade seven students of Fisler teacher, Mary Smith, for their video’s solid acting and well-written screenplay about civil rights activist Cesar Chavez.
Also recognized were Daisy Linville’s students at Spencer Middle School in Spencer, Wis. Their screenplay on Judith Ortiz Cofer’s short story Abuela Invents the Zero received the runner up designation for Best Middle School Production.
High School Winners and the Runner Up
Geneva High School students also swept up many of the awards at their level. In addition to their winning the High School Top Production award for their analysis of Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest, one of Hertz’s team, Caleb Ericson, won the Best Actor award for his role in the production. Another of Hertz’s students, Sarah Mozden, won the Best Actress award for starring in a submission on Jane Eyre’s novel Wuthering Heights.
The Best Ensemble Cast for a High School Production award also went to Geneva High School students, but this time the students of Corinne Laird, for their video about Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness.
Students of teacher Amanda Gaspary at Santa Fe Catholic High School in Lakeland, Fla. won the runner-up designation for Top High School Production for their well-scripted video entry on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Act 3, Scene 1.
“To create these award-winning episodes, students must work together to develop essay prompts and scripts, plan props and video effects and act—a complete and authentic media experience,” said Romano. “We were impressed by this year's submissions, at once academic and creative. When students are both enthusiastic and informed, it’s incredible what they can accomplish.”
StudySync is a comprehensive 6-12 ELA/ELL curriculum that offers powerful digital instruction with full print support accessible for all learners. Flexible, engaging and literature-rich, StudySync brings together fiction and nonfiction texts with video and other multimedia elements to advance students’ reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. StudySync — an anywhere, anytime, any device experience — offers English language arts instruction, interdisciplinary collaboration, peer-to-peer review, assessment, and a digital library that is searchable by genre, theme, grade and Lexile® level. For more information about the StudySync educational platform, visit http://www.studysync.com.
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