Area students compete for EMPixx awards

Published 8:45 am Thursday, April 19, 2018

Event in its 19th year at OUS

Around 200 students from 10 area high schools came to the Ohio University Southern campus for the annual EMPixx Awards on April 13. Students submitted work in 11 categories ranging from audio and video production to multimedia print.

Now in its 19th year, the experienced-based programming and awards event gives high school students a chance to interact with electronic media professionals in a workshop setting.

Chillicothe High School (CHS) Video Broadcasting Teacher Vanessa George feels that EMPixx is a unique and positive experience for her students.

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“(They) look forward to the workshop sessions because they are able to learn tricks of the trade from working professionals as well as get advice on the college programs available that could help them fulfill their career aspirations,” she said.

George said that CHS students partner with Pickaway-Ross Career and Technology Center to produce entries for EMPixx.

“The students absolutely love the awards portion as well, because it allows them to compete with and generate future ideas from students from across the state,” she said.

Don Moore, associate professor and director of the Ohio University Southern Electronic Media Program, said they were excited about this year’s awards, total submissions were up from last year and quality of the projects seemed higher than the past.

“As in the past, former students and local media professionals stepped up to volunteer as workshop presenters. All areas of media were represented, and I really appreciate those who came to give back,” Moore said.

Southern Campus Production Assistant Ernie Hall feels that EMPixx is an excellent way to recognize and encourage creativity among high school students who show interest in electronic media.

“It is wonderful to see the creativity and obvious hard work which has gone in to these projects and these students deserve a moment to be appreciated” Hall said. “I am already looking forward to next year’s awards.”

Southern Campus 2018 EMPixx First and Second Place Winners
• First Place: “Animated Tree,” Collins Career Technical Center
• Second Place: No Winner
Audio Production: No Winner

Digital Photography
• First Place: “Jail, Corridor, Fan,” Bloom-Carrol High School
• Second Place: “Love, Peace & Basketball,” Fairland High School

• First Place: “Disney Lip Dub,” Chesapeake High School
• Second Place: “Trapped,” Chillicothe High School

• First Place: “The Toothtanic,” Fairland High School
• Second Place:“Moral Principle,” Dublin High School

Multi Media Print
• First Place: “The Minute Men,” Lewis County High School
• Second Place: “The Chase,” South Point High School

News Cast
• First Place: “CAVS News,” Chillicothe High School
• Second Place:“FHS New,.” Fairland High School

News Feature
• First Place: “Anything Goes at Southeastern,” Southeastern Local
• Second Place:“The MakerSpace,” Chillicothe High School

Radio Commercial
• First Place: “American Cancer Society,” Fairland High School
• Second Place: “American Heart Association,” Fairland High School

Sports News Feature
• First Place: “Skeen’s Big Dream to Achieve Big,” Southeastern High School
• Second Place: “Athlete of the Week,” Fairland High School

Video Commercial
• First Place (Tied): “Beyond the Bottle,” Lewis County High School; “Bully Awareness,” Chesapeake High School
• Second Place: “Don’t be a Distraction,” Southeastern High School

Best of Show ($1000 Scholarship):
• “Small,” Zoe Bass, Collins Career Technical Center

Audio Scholarship
No Winner

$750 Video Scholarship (Split):
• Bryce Kellogg , Chesapeake High School
• Brandon Short, Chesapeake High School

$750 Multi Media Scholarship:
• Sarah Flesher, Lewis County High School