Above: Christina Brown, a student from Batavia City School District, created a design called "Covid-19" and placed third in The DIGIES Graphic Arts division -- Grades 7-9.
Submitted image and press release:
Despite cancellation due to COVID-19 of the annual media awards event called "The DIGIES" put on by the School Library System, there were more entries than ever this year and a total of 14 third-place winners from Genesee County.
The system's media conference, festival and awards is a program of the Genesee Valley Board of Cooperative Educational Services -- BOCES.
The mission of The DIGIES is to strengthen the digital media continuum between PreK-12 schools, higher education and professional institutions. The DIGIES recognizes student potential in an annual festival format and students compete from all throughout the region and the Upstate New York area.
The year’s festival awards event was scheduled to be held last month at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester.
Emilee Hillman and Andrea Fetterly, Library Technologies’ specialists coordinate this conference. Fetterly said that school building closures due to COVID-19 did not dampen enthusiasm for this year’s festival, which drew a number of entries.
“We are excited to celebrate the amazing creativity and skill demonstrated by the participants in this year's DIGIES festival," Fetterly said. "Despite a shortened in-person school year and extraordinary circumstances, students continue to achieve great success."
Below is a listing of categories, grades, winners and school districts from Genesee County. (Other categories were Audio and Interactive Media, but there were no winners from Genesee County.)
Congratulations to these imaginative students!
1st: The Stranger by Zac Hakes -- Hilton CSD
2nd: Fatoma by Cornelia Adakah -- Pittsford CSD
3rd: Covid-19 by Christina Brown -- Batavia CSD
3rd: En Pointe by Cammi Eccleston -- Hilton CSD
1st: The Silk Road by Jonathan Popper -- Pittsford CSD (Submitted by Animatus Studio)
2nd: Land Rover Series III Pickup: Desert Joyride by Zachary Heiman -- Dansville CSD
3rd: Things to do in Quarantine by Matthew Covert -- Le Roy CSD
1st: Doors by Jacob French -- Geneseo CSD
2nd: Michi by Ashlyn Kreiss -- Pittsford CSD
3rd (tie): A Quest to Learn Part I by Devon Deuel -- Dansville CSD
3rd (tie): Quarantine Catch by Mikayla Hickey, Makenna Boyce, Kayla Yax, Adeline Kautz, Kelsey Kautz, Samantha Sawyer, Neva Saile, Emma Raines, Courtney Schum, Emily Balduf, Sydney Smith and Taylor Fletcher (Alexander Softball) -- Alexander CSD
(Editor's note: we asked, but entries from the Le Roy and Alexander winners were not available from GV BOCES' School Library System, which runs The DIGIES event.)