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Westport students sweep 15 cable-access TV awards

Published 1:53 pm, Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Fifteen cable-TV, public-access programs produced by students at Westport schools have received awards sponsored by Cablevision and a state advisory panel.

Winners of Educational Access Awareness Awards include production teams from Staples High School, Bedford and Coleytown middle schools and Greens Farms and Kings Highway elementary schools, school officials said in a news release.

The winners were among hundreds of student productions broadcast during the past school year on Cablevision's Educational Access Channel 78 and competed with student productions from nine other Fairfield County communities .

First-, second- and third-place awards were presented in five categories -- community/school stories, documentaries, news shows (high school only), open entries and public-service announcements. The awards are co-sponsored by the Area 9 Cable Council, a group of volunteers appointed by the state to advise on cable TV issues in the 10-town region.

In addition to category awards, Coleytown Middle School and Greens Farms Elementary won awards for the best overall projects in the middle school and elementary divisions, respectively, according to the release. The John M. Repicky Awards, named in honor of a longtime Area 9 council member, include $500 equipment packages.

Coleytown won the overall prize for "Stand Up to Bullying," produced by sixth-graders Julianna Lukacs and Gabriella Gatto. Greens Farms overall prize was for "History of GFS," produced by fifth-graders Merin McCallum, Olivia Bollo, Lys Goldman and Rachel Suggs.

Staples show wins

Staples High School's "Good Morning Staples" program of May 8 tied for first place in the news show category. It was produced by students for Remy Bonett, Val Kirsch, Al Mapley, Christopher McKinney, Hans Olrik, Jacob Reiser, Grayson Weir, James Black, T.J. Bravo, Cyrus Burris, Luke Fonteyne, Lucas Jackson, David Raice, Tim Taylor, Mac Barreca, Mimi Burris, Connor Chamberlin, Carley Crossfield, Colter Furman, Ben Goldstein, Tom Jones, Sam Kann, Justin Schwebel and Isabella Ullmann.

Middle school prizes

In the middle school division, Coleytown's "Stand Up To Bullying" took first place in the community/school story category. The school took second place in the same category for "My School" by eighth-grader Jessica Parnas. Third place went to Bedford seventh graders Dylan Mace and Carter Teplica for "Tech Review."

In the middle school documentary category, Coleytown took second place for "How to Bake a Vanilla Cake," produced by seventh-graders Layla Wofsy and Juliette Schwebel.

In the middle school open-entry category, Coleytown seventh- graders Charlie Norman and Jacob Pauley captured first prize for "Where's My Homework." The school also took third place for "Reversing Stuff" by seventh-graders Ethan Fox, Will Hellman and Jason Katz.

Coleytown also took first prize in public-service announcements for "Success," produced by seventh-graders Victoria Cao, Mariella Alderucci and Eshita Kumar. Coleytown's seventh-graders Joe Xiang and Nick Durkin won third prize for "Smoking."

Elementary awards

In the elementary community/school story category, Greens Farms captured first prize for "Westport Public Schools' Permanent Art Collection," produced by fifth-graders Madeleine Edwards, Cameron Manna and Teagan Smith. Second place went to "Cheetah Vision: Crew 2" by Kings Highway fifth-graders Isabella Deveney, Megan Lynch, Gary Lu and Will Sugerman. Third prize went to Kings Highway fifth-graders Sam Powell, Aly Sugerman and Bryan Weisz for "Cheetah Vision: Crew 3.

For elementary documentaries, Greens Farms won first prize for "History of GFS." Second prize went to Greens Farms fifth-grader Jaime Hebel for "Reading Superhero."

Greens Farms also captured the public-service announcement first prize for "Keep Nature Clean," produced by fifth-graders William Matar, Lucas Lieberman and Nayan Paavalar.