Fern Bacon wins an honorable mention at the SEVA awards

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More than 900 students, teachers, parents and supporters waited to hear those words on May 6 at the Sacramento Educational Video Awards ceremony, held in a Sacramento State University ballroom.

Students from all over the Sacramento area participated in the SEVAs this year and submitted a total of 345 student-produced videos. 

For the first time, Fern Bacon Middle School’s Media Production class submitted videos to the SEVAs. To their surprise and delight, two of the video submissions were finalists.

Jahsuni Jones, a seventh grader, was awarded the Honorable Mention award for the category of School News Broadcast.  In addition, Mai Lue Lee, also a seventh grader, was a finalist in the same category.

In class, students learned how to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) and all year ran a weekly school news broadcast. All of the media students wrote a script, created a storyboard, filmed and edited their PSAs and weekly school news broadcast. Many of these videos were then submitted to SEVA for judging by community members and educators. 

America Enriquez, a Media Production student said, “We were really surprised when they announced that Fern Bacon had won honorable mention for the school broadcast.”      

Jahsuni Jones said, “This has been a great learning experience for me and I want to do it again.”

Julie DelAgua, the media production teacher stated, “This is a great opportunity for students to learn about all the components of video production, and it includes standards from all content subject areas. Then students apply these skills and their creativity to produce an actual product that gets recognition on such a large scale. In addition, students learn technology skills and are completely engaged in the process. This is learning at its best.”

The Sacramento Educational Video Awards have been around for 20 years supporting and encouraging students from kindergarten through high school to grow their creativity and love of media production. The SEVAs are made possible by the support and sponsorship of SECC (Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium) and Comcast.