RIDGE, SD - A short film created by students at Red Cloud Indian High
School won top news honors at the 12th annual Kid Witness News New
Vision Awards ceremony Monday in New York City.
Panasonic sponsors the annual film contest,
which is judged by students from Columbia Universitys film
school, along with educators, broadcasters, journalists and others.
It is part of the companys Kid Witness News video-education
program, which encourages students to express their views using
Panasonic digital-video equipment.
Five students in Guerin Grays multi-media
class at Red Cloud produced this years winning video, "A
Lakota Sports Classic." The 4-1/2-minute video about the Lakota
Nation Invitational Tournament featured interviews with tournament
director Brian Brewer, coaches, students and basketball players,
along with footage of the annual December event in Rapid City.
"I knew that the video was really
strong, and I saw how much work they put into it," Gray said.
"It was good to be recognized."
Winners were chosen in nine categories,
such as "documentary," "fiction," and "special
effects." Two students and a teacher from each school were
given an expense-paid trip to New York City for the awards ceremony
at the Museum of Television & Radio.
There are five students in Grays
multi-media class: sophomores LeRoy Janis, Tommy Cummings, Larissa
Ross and Derek Weston, and junior James LaPointe. All worked on
the video, Gray said, but Janis and Cummings were chosen to go to
New York based on an application and essay questions.
The group left South Dakota Saturday morning
and returned Tuesday night.In
New York, they toured the city and visited Times Square. "There
was a picture of all the students in our class that was projected
on the huge screen TV thats in Times Square," Gray said.
"It was pretty cool."
Students also saw the Broadway production
of "Beauty and the Beast" and attended the Monday awards
ceremony and a reception.
It was the first visit to New York City
for the Red Cloud students. "Tommy told me he wants to live
there. And I think they both enjoyed getting a chance to look around
a bit and see the city," Gray said. "They seemed pretty
excited about it."