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Students' video finalist in national contest

Published 4:56 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2013
  • A video titled "Language Breaks Barriers" by Coleytown Middle School eighth-graders Emily Schusssheim, left, and Renee Weisz is a finalist in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages contest, held in honor of Discover Languages month. Photo: Contributed Photo
    A video titled "Language Breaks Barriers" by Coleytown Middle School eighth-graders Emily Schusssheim, left, and Renee Weisz is a finalist in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages contest, held in honor of Discover Languages month. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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A video by two eighth-graders at Coleytown Middle School has been chosen as a finalist in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages contest.

The one-minute film, "Language Breaks Barriers" featuring Emily Schussheim and Renee Weisz and eight fellow eighth-graders, portrays a new student from South America feeling left out at the school.

A celebrity panel of judges chose the video as one of 18 finalists nationwide for its originality and creativity, according to a news release.

The competition, held in honor of Discover Languages month, fielded 78 videos from across the country, the release states. Schussheim and Weisz were the only students from Westport to submit an entry.

The video can be seen and voted on at www.discoverlanguages.org to determine the winning video in late February.