Weston Middle School documentaries win awards

Weston students were among the winners of the Access Awareness Awards. From left are Weston Middle School Principal Ken Craw, award winners Cassondra Kelly, Taylor Greene, and Elfine Dexter, and instructor Peggy Jorgensen. Not pictured are winners Erica MacDonald and Tia Pogue and instructor Lauren Bullock.The Area Nine Cable Council and Cablevision of Connecticut recently honored the winners of the eighth annual Access Awareness Awards for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Among those recognized were several Weston students.

The Educational Access Awareness Awards honor original student television productions cablecast during the school year on Cablevision Educational Access Channel 78. The awards are meant to encourage students to develop video production and storytelling skills.

Student videos are recognized in five different categories: Public Service Announcement, Community/School Stories, News, Documentary, and Open Entries.

This year, more than 300 student videos were submitted to the contest at the school level.

The competition recognizes students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

An “Eddy” (Ed Access Trophy) will be presented to each school with a winning project, and certificates of recognition are given to students who participated in the creation of first, second, and third place projects.

The following students from Weston earned awards in the Middle School Documentary category.

Second place: “SNCC and Freedom Schools” — Seventh graders Elfine Dexter, Taylor Green, Cassondra Kelly; instructor Peggy Jorgensen

Third place: “Splatter Paint” — seventh graders Erica MacDonald and Tia Pogue; instructor Lauren Bullock

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