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OHHS VIDEO STUDENTS GIVE AND RECEIVE AWARDS AT NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL FILM FESTIVAL


OHHS VIDEO STUDENTS GIVE AND RECEIVE AWARDS AT NORTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL FILM FESTIVAL
With a theme of suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock movies as a backdrop, about two dozen OHHS filmmakers joined nearly 500 other video students from 20 Puget Sound-area schools May 17 at the Northwest High School Film Festival. When the suspense was over, they took their bows earning six major awards and high praise from event organizers.


Gold "Award of Excellence" trophies went to OHHS junior Alex Lentz, sophomore Anna Kate Fahey and to a group of last spring's advanced video and broadcasting students. Honorable Mention awards went to juniors Judah Tirado and Daunte' Williamson and Anna Kate Fahey again. Lentz won with an unsettling black and white film called "Live" in the Dramatic Narrative category. Fahey took honors in the News Feature category with her video portrait of sophomore photographer Emma Wezeman and in the Satire/Parody/Mockmentary category with a short film about a teen in her "Natural Habitat." Tirado and Williamson both won awards in the Art Film category with experimental shorts about anxiety called "Tremors" and human conflict called "Disagreements." A reflective piece about the 2014 OHHS football team's trip to the Seattle Seahawks training facility completed the Oak Harbor honors in the category of Sports Feature.


The Northwest High School Film Festival is an annual event held at the Cinerama Theater in Seattle. More than 215 films were entered this year. Media professionals judge all the entries and provide written feedback to each producer. The top films in each category are screened during the event.


In addition to watching and winning, Oak Harbor students also took on the roles of event hosts, award presenters and official photographers during the festival. Students Skyler George, Heather Oldham, Michael White, Anna Kate Fahey and Johanna Schmidt acted as MCs introducing the films and handing out trophies. They received numerous compliments from attendees about their presentations. OHHS video teacher Chris Douthitt also spoke and made a brief cameo appearance in an Alfred Hitchcock mask to start the show. Photography teacher Jana Jansen headed up a team of OHHS students who took the formal portraits of all the award winners.

The films entered in the festival by Oak Harbor students can be seen at various times on Wildcat TV via Comcast Channel 21 and streaming online at www.wildcattv.us.