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Umatilla Middle, Lost Lake Elem. garner awards at media festival

Innovative programs at Lost Lake Elementary and Umatilla Middle are more than cutting-edge, they are also award-winning.

At the Jim Harbin Student Media Festival earlier this month, Lost Lake Elementary School’s documentary “IfUmatilla Middle, Lost Lake Elem. garner awards at media festival You Give a First Grader an iPad” won second place and Umatilla Middle School’s comedic production “Sparkly Pink” earned third place. The Florida Association of Media Educators’ (FAME) media festival is in honor of Jim Harbin, a former consultant with the Florida Department of Education, who originated the idea of a statewide festival to recognize the excellent work being done across the state by student media producers.

“There were over 1,000 entries that made it to the state level so we are very proud of Olivia Hunter and Shannon Garcia,” said Amy Hunter, Media Specialist at Umatilla Middle. “They represented Umatilla Middle School’s Tiger TV very well.”

Rhonda Hunt, Principal at Lost Lake Elementary, added, “Cleta Horton is an amazing first grade teacher who brings college and career readiness to her class combining the best of technology with student creativity.”

The television production class at Umatilla Middle and Horton’s iPad classroom at Lost Lake Elementary have reaped public attention in the past for their inventive, tech-savvy programs.

Also during the FAME Conference, Umatilla Middle students Olivia Hunter, Shannon Garcia, Trent Hunter and Adam Garcia, along with teachers David Howard and Amy Hunter, presented a session titled, “Teaching Television Production: Beyond the Morning Newscast. It was well attended with a crowd of media specialists, television production teachers and other interested educators.

“We even had return participants from the previous year when we presented,” Hunter said. “The students did such an outstanding job. They spoke with enthusiasm and intellect.”

Howard and Hunter signed a book contract last year with the focus of creating a curriculum guide for teaching television production. “Teaching Television Production: Beyond the Morning Newscast” is expected to be released in 2013 by Libraries Unlimited.

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