More than 1,400 students, parents, teachers, administration and other supporters left no seats empty in downtown San Diego's historic Spreckels Theatre at the 6th annual iVIE Awards.
Dozens of student and teacher winners were honored at the academy awards-style iVIE ceremony, in categories ranging from math, science and language arts to documentary and public service announcements. Channel 8 News Anchor Kathleen Bade hosted the ceremony.
Students from Lindsay School of the County Office of Education's Juvenile Court and Community Schools and teacher Angegla Gigliotti were presented with a trophy and computer software for their RedEye category award-winning video production, "Fear and Loyalty."
The RedEye competition requires students to produce a completed video in 24 hours. The winning Lindsay entry showcased conflicts of loyalty and friendship in connection to AIDS and the HIV virus.
"This year's iVIE Awards were a tremendous success," said Educational Technology Services Resource Teacher Becki Goehl, who co-produced the awards with North County Regional Education Center Director Bill Simpson. "Each year the videos are more and more phenomenal."
The 1st grade class from Poway Unified's Turtleback Elementary School and their teacher Barbara Busalacchi won top honors of the evening with the K-5 Grand Recognition Award for their production, "The Rainforest News."
The 6-12 Grand Recognition Award went to Oceanside Unified's El Camino High students Nate Strong and Margaret Ward and their teacher Sharon Strong, for their production, "The REINS of Life."
El Camino and Turtleback will each receive a Sony Handycam Camcorder and a sound equipment package. Each iVIE category winner receives Sony audio equipment and tools that will improve or enhance the video production classroom.
SDCOE Educational Technology Services Director Harry Bloom received the "Best Supporter of iVIE" Award for his long-time support of iVIE. For more information on the awards, and iVIE in general, go to: www.ivieawards.org/