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Clayton students earn superior ratings at media festival

JONESBORO — Six Clayton County students scored a superior rating of 96 or better at the Georgia Student Media Festival to qualify for entrance in the international competition set for later this year.

Jonesboro High produced four winners, while Lovejoy High had two front-runners.

Tracy Larson, media specialist at Arnold Elementary School, assisted with the state competition.

“The purpose of the festival was to stimulate student interest and involvement in all types of media production,” said Larson. “This was accomplished by providing an opportunity for students to show their work to an interested audience, to have their work critiqued by a panel of expert judges and to be stimulated by the work of other students.”

Clayton County Public Schools hosted the state competition at the Perry Learning Center in Jonesboro.

Jonebsoro High’s Morgan Stanley created a podcast piece, while classmates Gina Intacoat, Julie Tran and Peace Olaniran competed in sequential stills with audio. Lovejoy High’s Brandon Robinson and Rashaad Pierre competed in the live action category.

“These projects are representative of the technology-integration that is going on, or can be done, to help Clayton County students be college and career ready,” said Larson.

“We had several winners at the state level who qualified to go on to the International Student Media Festival level,” he said. “However, ISMF is no longer an organization. Another organization, the newly-formed volunteer-run International Student Media Association, is taking it over.”