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 Red-Carpet Event Celebrates Student Filmmakers

A line of student filmmakers—from kindergartners to high school seniors—wrapped around the Civic Theatre last night, as the students waited for their turn on the red carpet rolled out for the 13th Annual Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Student Film Awards. Hundreds of students, parents and teachers attended the event, which honored students and teachers for their achievements in video production.

This year's event featured Oscar-style song and dance numbers and special guest Nathan Fast, a disc jockey at Channel 93.3. Two former countywide Teachers of the Year—Alex Kajitani and Emily Jimenez—hosted the show.

"It's a really good experience for the students, just being able to see all of their hard work pay off in the end," said Lito De los Reyes, a teacher at Sherman Academy in San Diego who has helped students prepare videos for the competition for the past four years. "It's really fun for them to dress up and go down the red carpet and answer questions about their video. It makes them feel more important and adds weight to what they did."

The Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) program is an annual k-12 student video competition that has drawn thousands of participating students from every grade level across San Diego County for more than a decade. Throughout the school year, teachers and students use video as a project-based learning tool in the classroom, ultimately creating videos that ignite imagination and inspire student confidence while integrating state content standards.

“Aside from the obvious issue of creatively teaching to the standards I feel these videos reach kids with different learning strengths and styles,” said Kathy Aufsesser, a participating teacher at Benchley/Weinberger Elementary School in San Diego. “Perhaps the largest benefit to the students is the tremendous boost in enthusiasm for learning they exhibit.”

Since 2001, iVIE has grown into a major video competition with more than 300 videos submitted this year in categories ranging from math, science and language arts to documentary and public service announcement. Entries are judged by media professionals and educators. Judges select winners in each category at different grade levels, as well as three "Grand Recognition" winners. This year, there was also a "People's Choice" award picked by viewers at the iVIE Festival, where all of the nominees were shown in April.

iVIE is sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego County Credit Union, Sony, Unified Port of San Diego, San Diego Computer-Using Educators, and The City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department.

The winners:

Grand Recognition: Grades 3-5

"So You Want to Make an iVIE"
Benchley/Weinberger Elementary School
San Diego Unified

Grand Recognition: Grades 6-8

"Regresando a mis Raíces"
Mission Middle School
Escondido Union School District

Grand Recognition: Grades 9-12

"CCA-TV For The Love of Movies"
Canyon Crest Academy
San Dieguito Union High School District

People's Choice

"We All Have the Same Dream"
Lincoln Acres
National School District

Winning videos by category

CategoryVideo NameSchool (District)
K-2 Cross CurricularEat, Potty, PlayReidy Creek Elementary School (Escondido Union School District)
3-5 Language Arts-HistoryFood FightSherman Elementary School (San Diego Unified School District)
3-5 PSABuild a Better HouseJuniper Elementary School (Escondido Union School District
3-5 Science

Cooking with ChemistryL.R. Green Elementary School (Escondido Union School District)
3-8 Global VillageDifferent but the SameMeadowbrook Middle School (Poway Unified School District)
6-8 Broadcast JournalismWounded WarriorCoronado Middle School (Coronado Unified School District)
6-8  History/Social StudiesT.L.O. Vs. New JerseyHillsdale Middle School (Cajon Valley Union School District)
6-8 Language ArtsThe Kingdom of ReptilesCarmel Valley Middle School (San Dieguito Union High School District)
6-8 Math-ScienceMy Fist Aquarium EcosystemEl Camino Creek Elementary School (Encinitas Union School District)
6-8 Public Service AnnouncementLife RocksMission Middle School (Escondido Union School District)
9-12 Public Service AnnouncementCrossroadsCanyon Crest Academy (San Dieguito Union High School District)
9-12 Broadcast JournalismBronco TV FebruaryRancho Bernanrdo High School (Poway Unified School District)
9-12 FictionMilquetoastCanyon Crest Academy (San Dieguito Union High School District)
9-12 NonfictionTechnology of CCA-TVCanyon Crest Academy (San Dieguito Union High School District)