Photojournalism Students Win Top Prize in Video Contest

Lebanon High School students were awarded the top prize in the Show Me Manufacturing Video Contest sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Lebanon students in Eric Adams' photojournalism class produced a promotional video about Missouri Cooperage. GOCAPs students collaborated to learn about professional public relations practices. Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice president Brian Crouse came to LHS last month to congratulate the students and award them with their prize - a 4-K drone.

"Producing a video of this caliber required high attention to detail," said Eric Adams, Lebanon High School teacher. "Communicating with industry leaders required several rough drafts in order to meet their expectations. It has been rewarding to see students produce a professional product."

This video was a collaboration with Missouri Cooperage and the Lebanon R-3 School District. The students who produced the video include LHS seniors Jayden Ivey, Caleb Jones and Emily Schooler; freshman Abram Barker and Cody Haueter. GOCAPs Sponsor Craig Blair and students Carrie Menley and Katie Boven helped provide business support. The project started in November to search for an industry partner. Missouri Cooperage rose to the top because of GOCAPs strong relationship.

"We couldn't have had a better partner," Adams said of Missouri Cooperage. "They are a world-class company that Lebanon is very proud of. We knew our video footage was going to be good because of a strong mix of technology and craftsmanship making barrels."

The awards process included a panel of judges to evaluate the quality of each submitted video and online public voting. While Lebanon did not receive the most online votes, it did earn the Best Overall award. Other awards/ schools include: People’s Choice - Monroe City High School / Lakeside Casting - $400 Gift Card for Classroom Honorable Mention - Jennings High School / Boeing - $250 Gift Card for Classroom.

Overall, there were 14,000 views of the videos combined during the course of the voting period.  The review team comprised of media professionals, educators and students, all were amazed at the stories, creativity and overall production by each high school team.

You can watch the video here.

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