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Show-Me winners

Three schools in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) were honored by EducationPlus as winners of separate categories in the Show-Me a Movie Contest.

Entries from John Weldon (“Francis Howell’s Sawmill”) and Warren (“Makey-Makey”) elementary schools and Francis Howell Central High (“Les Fleurs de la Vie”) were named best of the best, and were shown at the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference (METC) reception on Feb. 10.

About the movie-making process, Warren Elementary sponsor, Missy Kelly, said: “One of the best things they (the students) gain is learning to work with a team. We talk about consensus and thinking win-win. They have to work with other people and make their vision match that of their partners. They really learn that two or three brains are better than one.”

But Central High’s Marianne Strickler also proved that it doesn’t always take a team although you might wish for one. Her entry, “Les Fleurs de la Vie” (“The Flower of Life”), amazed viewers with its stop-motion brilliance and was effectively a one-person show.

“Marianne created her stop-motion movie as a project for her Graphic Design 2 class. The students first had to create a storyboard organizing their ideas and images,” said Mary McCune, Central High’s sponsor. “Marianne was always very clear on what she wanted to create. It did take her a while to figure out the best way to tell her story. Through much trial and error, she was able to express her vision, orchestrating nature/flowers to music. Stop-motion videos are deceiving, it takes a lot of frames to fill little time, so Marianne wished she had worked with a partner. But in the end she created a movie that was all her own.”

Strickler’s movie can be viewed online at www.schooltube.com/video/09f1c6e1f9474a9aa950.

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