8th grade team wins Out­stand­ing Edit­ing Award

For What’s So Cool About Man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pe­ti­tion, stu­dents filmed ap­ple pack­ag­ing at Ap­pel­ing Fruit, Leesport

The Hamburg Area Item - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @ham­bur­gitem on Twit­ter

The Ham­burg Area Mid­dle School team won the Out­stand­ing Edit­ing Award in their first year com­pet­ing at the What’s So Cool About Man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pe­ti­tion. The 8th graders com­peted against 29 teams from Berks and Schuylkill coun­ties.

The team mem­bers are Kait­lyn Barry, Grace Gil­berg, Ta­tiana Short and Aaliyah Stump. The team ad­vi­sors are Mary Sweeney and Dick­son Borger.

“We are thrilled that they won the Out­stand­ing Edit­ing Award,” said Sweeney. “The girls worked hard and long on the project - from Oc­to­ber to March. They quickly caught on to the film­ing process and the edit­ing pro­gram. They were very cre­ative in their pre­sen­ta­tion of the footage re­sult­ing in a video that was ex­cel­lent.”

Sweeney said that the con­test’s pur­pose is to get word out to stu­dents about the va­ri­ety of ca­reers avail­able in man­u­fac­tur­ing.

The team went to Appeel­ing Fruit in Leesport and filmed the process of pre­par­ing and pack­ag­ing ap­ples as snacks. They in­ter­viewed the owner and three peo­ple in man­age­ment roles. Then they used the footage to cre­ate a video. They also de­vel­oped a mar­ket­ing plan on how to get word out about their video so peo­ple would vote for them, said Sweeney.

“Not only did they learn about the var­i­ous ca­reers avail­able in man­u­fac­tur­ing, they also learned the value of team­work,” said Sweeney. “The girls had to meet sev­eral dead­lines for this project and were suc­cess­ful in do­ing so. They were able to jug­gle this along with busy sched­ules in­volv­ing school work and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Sweeney said that this project is unique in that it gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to learn be­yond the four walls of a class­room.

“They were able to par­tic­i­pate in a com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity and gain in­sight about a world be­yond for­mal ed­u­ca­tion,” she said.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Ham­burg Area Mid­dle School team won the Out­stand­ing Edit­ing Award at the What’s So Cool About Man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pe­ti­tion against 29 teams from Berks and Schuylkill coun­ties. Left to right are team mem­bers Grace Gil­berg, Ta­tiana Short, Aaliyah Stump and Kait­lyn Barry.

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