South Suburban College and Career Development System Present Awards to High School Students

Hudson and Geraci receive award
SSC Communication Instructor John Geraci (right) and Keith W. Hudson (left), Media Production/Speech Teacher at Thornton Township High School, with the Regional Award of Distinction at the 6th Annual SSC Video Competition. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

South Holland, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Video Competition on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in the Kindig Performing Arts Center.  The competition showcases talent from area high schools as well as provides local students with a tour of the college’s facilities, featuring the television studio/control room, audio studio/control room, and multimedia lab.

"Every school did a great job – both technically and creatively,” said SSC Communication Instructor John Geraci.  “The entries get better and better every year."

Nine local high schools submitted entries to the competition including Bremen, Eisenhower, Hillcrest, Oak Forest, Shepard, T.F. North, Thornton, Thornwood, and Tinley Park.  Students entered work in eight different categories:  Commercial, PSA, Short Subject, Music Video, Creative Editing, News Story or Feature, News Program, and Live Multi-Camera Program.  The 80 entries were judged on aesthetic quality, technical quality, program design, and overall effectiveness.

Geraci added, “We were really excited to add two new categories this year.  We also received about 30 more entries than last year, so it’s great to see the growth in the competition.”

In addition to the student awards, high schools competed among each other for the Regional Award of Distinction.  Thornton Township High School won this award, having the highest average score per entry.

"My students worked diligently this year to complete documentary films, commercials, PSAs, and music videos for the competition,” said Media Production/Speech Teacher, Keith W. Hudson.  “We went through several rough cuts on all of the films and we worked together and supported each other in the creative process.  We are proud of what we accomplished."

The student awards for each category are as follows:

Commercial:  First Place, "AXE Body Spray" – Thornton; Second Place, "Super Girl" – Eisenhower; Third Place (tie), "Simply Sweet" – Bremen, "Verbel Cookies" – Bremen.

PSA:  First Place, "Texting and Driving" – Eisenhower; Second Place, "Monique’s Story" – Thornwood; Third Place, "Butt Nothing" – Bremen.

Short Subject:  First Place, "TF North High School" – T.F. North; Second Place, "Ghost Chasers" – Bremen; Third Place, "How to Green Screen" – Eisenhower.

Music Video:  First Place, "We Are Never Getting Back Together" – Thornwood; Second Place, "Yeah 3X by Chris Brown" – Bremen; Third Place (tie), "Music Video Throwback" – Thornwood, "Dark Side: Kelly Clarkson Video" – Thornwood.

Creative Editing: First Place, "A Tribute to Michael Jackson" – Thornton; Second Place, "We Didn’t Start The Fire" – Thornton.

News Story or Feature:  First Place (tie), "Dodgeball PKG" – Bremen, "Blood Drive” – Shepard; Second Place (tie), "WDDE-TV Behind the Scenes" – Eisenhower, "Caféteria Courtyard" – Eisenhower; Third Place (tie), "Cyberbullying" – Bremen, "News Package Instagram" – Tinley Park.

News Program:  First Place (tie), "Black History Month" – Thornwood, "Ike Update: Friday Flash” – Eisenhower; Second Place, "1st Semester Wrap-Up" – Shepard; Third Place, "Hillcrest News Show" – Hillcrest.

Live Multi-Camera Program:  First Place, "BDTV The Love Nest" – Bremen; Second Place, "BDTV Holiday How-To" – Hillcrest; Third Place, "Compilation" – Shepard.