StudySync Announces Middle and High School Winners in 2019 StudySync Media Contest

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Annual awards program recognizes students for best video production, script, and acting, and presents new awards for best video preview, podcast, and poster

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The winning entries were chosen for their excellent academic discussions and group collaboration, as well as well-written scripts and skillful camera work. We are proud to recognize these students and their teachers for this outstanding work.

StudySync® today announced the winners in the 2019 StudySync Media Contest. Now in its sixth year, the awards program invites teachers to submit student-produced videos that mirror the StudySync®TV and SkillsTV videos of student-led discussions on literary texts and skills. After screening entries from across the country, a panel of judges presented the first place award for Middle School Best Production to eighth grade students from Sara Yazujian-Wehr’s class at Springhouse Middle School in Allentown, Pa., for their StudySyncTV episode on Rudolf Vrba’s “I Escaped from Auschwitz.” The judges awarded first place for the High School Best Production to 11th graders from Jacqueline England’s class at Middle College High School in Stockton, Calif., for their StudySyncTV episode on Henrik Ibsen’s play "A Doll’s House."

The Best Production winners will have the opportunity to participate in a classroom video call with StudySync’s CEO, and the winning teachers will receive an Amazon gift card for classroom supplies.

“This year’s submissions showcased impressive levels of creativity, talent, and professionalism,” said Robert Romano, co-founder and CEO of StudySync. “The winning entries were chosen for their excellent academic discussions and group collaboration, as well as well-written scripts and skillful camera work. We are proud to recognize these students and their teachers for this outstanding work."

Awards were also presented at both the middle and high school levels for best ensemble cast, actor, actress, and script. In addition, new award categories were added this year for best preview video, podcast, and poster.

Middle School Winners
Seventh grade students in Renee Senigram’s class at John Burroughs Middle School in Los Angeles won Best Ensemble Cast for acting in their StudySyncTV episode on “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” by Barbara Demick. Aidan Reilly, a seventh grader in Michelle Heike’s class at Prairie Junior High School in Alsip, Ill., was named Best Actor for his delivery in his group’s SkillsTV submission.

Students from Robert C. Fisler School in Fullerton, Calif., won awards in several middle school categories. Seventh graders from Mary Smith’s class won Best Podcast for their discussion of George Orwell’s “1984.” Smith’s seventh graders also received an honorable mention for Best SkillsTV for their explanation of possessive pronouns. Elizabeth Ellison’s eighth graders won the Best Preview Video award for their preview of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner from Azkaban.” Ellison’s students also received a Best Production honorable mention for their StudySyncTV episode on John Steinbeck’s “The Harvest Gypsies.” A Best Ensemble Cast honorable mention went to Katrina O'Meara’s sixth grade students for their StudySyncTV video on “This Boy’s Life: A Memoir” by Tobias Wolff. Sixth grader Alyssa Brencius was named Middle School Best Actress for her performance in a SkillsTV submission about figurative language. Sixth graders Calista Wong won Best Poster for her depiction of Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” and Annika Escobar won an honorable mention for her poster for “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins.

High School Winners
In addition to Best Production, England’s 11th grade students at Middle College High School won awards in several high school categories. A Best Production honorable mention went to their StudySyncTV episode on “The Fault in our Stars” by John Green. Another Middle College group earned the Best Ensemble Cast award for their StudySyncTV episode on “If I Should Die” by Emily Dickinson. Chandler Clark won Best Actor for his delivery in his group’s “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas: A Fable” production.

Students from Paradise Valley High School in Phoenix, AZ earned several awards as well. Chloe Connor won Best Actress for performance in her group’s StudySyncTV submission on James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Teacher Jennifer Young’s students won Best Script for “Tuesday Siesta” by Gabriel García Márquez, and students from her ninth grade class won Best Podcast for “The Brilliant Beans.”

About StudySync
StudySync is a leading developer of the most engaging, socially connected, and rigorous academic learning products for grades 6-12. StudySync, its hallmark offering of the same name, is an award-winning, comprehensive English language arts curriculum. The company’s most recently-released product, SyncBlasts, expands the company’s scope to include an engaging, standards-aligned digital solution for social studies and science classrooms.
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McGraw-Hill Education is the exclusive distributor of StudySync products in the United States.    

Charlotte Andrist
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