Friday, December 14, 2012

Hemingway students win video award

Fifth-graders take 3rd place in Morrill Act competition


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Eight fifth-graders at Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum won third place in a grade 5-8 category of a University of Idaho video competition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the federal Morrill Act.

The Morrill Act, approved by the U.S. Congress in 1862, provided land grants to qualifying states with revenues generated by the land to be used to establish state colleges and universities. The act paved the way for making college enrollment affordable to the general public rather than just the wealthy.

The Hemingway video, entitled “Learning About the Morrill Act and What it Means to Us,” was produced by students Sascha Leidecker, Emma Madsen, Emma Macguffie, Jill Frost, Maren Feltman, Antonia Avery, Savanna Rush and Murphy Kendall. Teacher Scott Slonim served as advisor and teacher Kathryn Parnes played the part of a teacher in the four-minute video.

In the video, Parnes discusses the importance of the Morrill Act, explaining that a college education in the United States before the act was passed was available only to the “rich and privileged.”

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“The Morrill Act made college more affordable so everyone could attend,” Parnes said.

The video then features a group discussion by Parnes and the students about the importance of college and the students’ own future college aspirations and career plans.

Slonim explained in a news release that the students worked after school hours and during recesses to produce the video.

“They wrote, filmed, edited and acted in it,” he stated.

The video, along with others produced by students for the competition, can be viewed at http://vimeopro.com/cals/morrill-act-entries. To see the Hemingway video, go to the bottom of the page and click on the second circle. Then click on the “Ketchum” tab on the far right.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com

 




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