Students and Teachers from the Golden State Win at 49th Annual California Student Media Festival

STUDENTS AND TEACHERS FROM

THE GOLDEN STATE WIN AT

49TH ANNUAL CALIFORNIA STUDENT MEDIA FESTIVAL

            LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 8, 2015) – PBS SoCaL, PBS for Greater Los Angeles, announced the winners of The 49th Annual California Student Media Festival at its awards ceremony on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The festival is the nation’s oldest student media festival and exists to celebrate the outstanding media and multimedia projects produced by California’s brightest students and teachers. 

This year, a total of 59 awards were presented to 47 elementary and secondary schools from across the Golden State. The awards ceremony brought in over 500 students, parents and teachers to the Harmony Gold Preview House in Hollywood. The event consisted of clips from winning entries and Awards-style acceptance speeches. Highlights from the ceremony will air on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7 p.m. on PBS SoCaL.

Schools submitted entries in categories such as Fine Arts, Foreign Language, History/Social Science, Mathematics, Special Education, Science and Health, Technical Arts, Thematic, Viral Parody, and more. The types of projects accepted by the festival included Live Action, “Sequential Stills” Movie, Animation, Interactive Stills, Website, and Interactive Multimedia Project.

Grand Prize winning schools were chosen to receive a cash grant for the best overall entry in their respective divisions. The Grand Prize winners included Juniper Elementary School in Escondido for Best Overall Elementary with Drop, Cover and Hold ($1,000) and Deer Valley High School in Antioch for Best Overall Secondary with Last Moments ($1,000).

The festival was made possible by a partnership between PBS SoCaL and CUE, as well as support from nine-year presenting sponsor, Wells Fargo. For a complete list of winners and videos, please visit http://www.mediafestival.org/

About PBS SoCaL

PBS SoCaL is the only station in the Greater Los Angeles area providing the full PBS schedule to Southern California and is home to all PBS program premieres as they are released nationally. As Southern California’s flagship PBS station, PBS SoCaL provides early education, access to a broad array of arts and culture, and programs for, about and by the people of Southern California.

PBS SoCaL is the parent to three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL/KOCE-HD, PBS SoCaL Plus, and PBS SoCaL World, which are dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout Southern California. PBS SoCaL offices are located in Downtown LA, Century City and Costa Mesa.  PBS SoCaL is proudly, our communities’ largest classroom, largest stage for the arts and trusted source of information. Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org.

About the California Student Media Festival

Since 1967, students from grades K-12 across the state have been submitting original video and multimedia projects on a wide-range of curricular subjects for consideration to the festival, vying for recognition of the educators who serve the festival as its volunteer corps of judges.  The Festival strongly encourages project-based learning and meaningful student work in media and multimedia and exists to acknowledge and reward successful classroom work. The Festival believes that:

  1. Students are capable of extremely high level work, beginning at very early grades
  2. Media and multimedia are excellent tools for students
  3. Video and multimedia should be integrated into the regular subject-area curriculum
  4. Rewarding exemplary work and good school programs encourages more of both.

About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE’s work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. www.cue.org

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company NYSE: WFC is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,700 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet wellsfargo.com and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortunes 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

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