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Students recognized at international media festival

SUWANEE -- Nearly 100 projects from Gwinnett County Public Schools students recently earned recognition during the 2012 International Student Media Festival.

The annual program provides teachers with an opportunity to motivate, educate and inspire students to excellence in their academic pursuits through use of media technology.

Student winners and their teachers were invited to a conference in Louisville this week to receive their awards.

Out of 159 GCPS entries that qualified, 97 were recognized, receiving "Excellence in Media Production" awards. Out of the 97, 12 of the entries were honored with both "Excellence in Media Production" and "Judge's Favorite" awards; and six received the "Best of Festival" recognition.

The six Gwinnett projects honored with "Best of Festival" included the following:

-- From Britt Elementary School and teacher Sara Forrester: "Snowman, Snowman," featuring student producers Jasmine Anthony, Mary Grace Auld, Anna Banegas-Brodnax, Elizabeth Brito, Sierra Driessen, Tala ElMahi, Riley Frandsen, Vanesa Gutierrez, Damond Hartley, Jumel Haynes, Christian Irving, Lykina Kay, Kallia Pierce, Dwight Robinson, Mason Rogers, Cameron Simmons, Amare Smith and Jenna VanSant.

-- From Gwin Oaks Elementary and teacher Amanda Alligood: "John F. Kennedy," featuring student producer Reuben Dayal (now enrolled at Five Forks Middle).

-- From Peachtree Elementary and teachers Dorothy Swindle and Deborah Westbrook: "Matter," featuring student producers Luckson Gondwe and Cassandra Rico.

-- From Phoenix High School and teacher Pasha Souvorin: "Can't Tell Me Nothin," featuring student producer Tyler Thompson.

-- From South Gwinnett High School and teacher Page Ferris: "Life is Beautiful," featuring student producer Megan Rosenberger.