NORTH CANTON  The video production team from Hoover High School took third place in the Ohio School Boards Association’s (OSBA) sixth annual Stand Up for Public Schools Student Video Contest. This is the third year students in the district’s video program submitted a video and the first year they have placed.

Kenston Local Schools in Geauga County won first place and Logan-Hocking Local Schools in Hocking County was second. The winning video will be played during a General Session at the Capital Conference next week. All three districts will be given their awards during the conference.

The contest asked schools to submit a 90-second video showing how their public school district or building is making a difference in students’ lives and future success. The 53 entries were judged by a celebrity panel which included Maria Durant, anchor and reporter at ABC6/FOX28 in Columbus; Margo Bartlett, ThisWeek Community News reporter; and Ken Stevens, assistant news director and anchor at 610 WTVN Radio in Columbus.

Tom Wilson, Hoover’s video journalism program and media coordinator, said his students along with students from the Plain Local School District’s video production program under the leadership of Josh Branch, have worked with the OSBA on a number of projects.

"Our two video production programs have worked together to cover the annual conference in Columbus for the OSBA, we spent four days there last year doing video segments and various interviews," Wilson said. "Our students saw the video that won last year and got really motivated to do one for this year. Arthur Bodenschatz and Alex Porter, along with a team of students, came up with the idea of comparing a public school to a garden where everybody is welcome and how a public school grows a student and an individual."

Other students involved behind the scenes were Chloe Snodgrass, Carly Sabella, Josh Vannest, Alex Biedenbach, Ryan Wolfe and Nathan Harris. Wilson said the criteria for the videos included the overall idea, concept, creativity, and how the video involved all aspects of the district.

"The concept had to be broad and convey that public schools involve many things such as career tech programs, the arts and drama clubs, sports programs, academia and diversity. Video and other contests like this one provides great opportunities for our students to get involved with the community and students in other districts which is the most important aspect," Wilson said.

"The producers of the video, Bodenschatz and Porter, have been in the program through their high school years and have grown and developed their talent. They have both been blessings to the district and are well-rounded individuals. We’re proud they created a great video and brought such great recognition to the district," Wilson said.

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