Last Saturday evening the Upson-Lee Fine Arts Center was filled with stars as the school system held their first ever Upson-Lee Movie Academy awards ceremony. Students, teachers, parents and friends gathered for the invitation only event to view the top three videos from each grade category, be entertained by former “American Idol” and “The Voice” contestant Madelyn Patterson, and see who took home a Knight Award for best video in their category.
“I was very pleased with the way everything went and we really appreciate those who helped out with the event,” stated David Beeland, who helped to coordinate the movie academy and serves as the Director of Federal Programs and Technology for the Thomaston-Upson School System. “It was such a collaborative effort and it was really great to see the involvement by so many people in the school system from students to teachers who volunteered; everybody came together to make it a special night for the kids. I thought it was a success for it to be our first one.”
According to Beeland, each of the videos for the academy had to demonstrate how students learned one of the Georgia Performance Standards through the creation of that video. Each group had to state which learning standards they were mastering, then demonstrate how they mastered the skill in three minutes or less. Thirty entries were sent into the academy for judging, which included submissions from both elementary schools, the middle school and the high school. The movies were then judged online by an out-of-town panel of judges and the top three from each grade span were invited to attend the Movie Academy Awards Ceremony on March 22.
The top three nominees for grades K-2 were: “Geometry Rap” sponsored by Miss Love; “The 411 on 10-20” sponsored by Mrs. Stewart; and “Teach Me How to Read” sponsored by Mrs. T. Rogers. “Teach Me How To Read” was the winner of the Knight Award and included students: Sarah Kate Bennett, Matthew Blevins, Luke Brundidge, Colby Clay, Aisha Derico, Aikilyn Dozier, MaLia Gibson, Emma-Flynn Hill, Brankevion Lucas, Katlyn McCard, Cleveland Nicholas, Katie Partain, Wyatt Pettis, Holly Ross, Hayden Salter, Kevion Sullivan, Charlie Walker and Ridge Wright.
For grades 3-5 the top nominees were: “Stormy Weather by The Weather Girls” sponsored by Mrs. Whittle; “Figurative Language” Sponsored by Mrs. Hosey, Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Dunaway; “A Tribute to Attributes” sponsored by Mrs. Martinez and Mrs. Montano; and “Tea Commander” sponsored by Mrs. Bickley, Mrs. Rawls and Mrs. Weed. “Tea Commander” was the winner of the Knight Award and included the following students: Tyrah Alsobrooks, Baylee Bacerra, Bethany Batchelor, Camden Bates, Peyton Bowen, Andrew Caldwell, Natalie Caldwell, Yasmine Carter, Ryan Chaney, Hannah Chapman, Jereuntay Davis, Kaitlin Davis, Leanna Fowler, Alexys Gibson, Savannah Hendrix, Angelina Johnson, Zoe Lyons, Tabbi Mathis, Becky McCants, Tanner Meeks, Heaven Moore, Carlie Murphy, Anijah Penn, Skye Perdue, Abi Pettis, Niveah Phoung, Nancy Reyes-Luna, Chad Richardson, Ella Rogers, Annie Sheppard, Grayson Sheppard, Keresten Sherry, Emily Stevens, and Rodquavius Thomas.
In the middle school category, the nominees were: “The Boys and the Frog”; “The Fox and The Crow”; “The Fox and The Lion” and “The Raven and The Swan” and all were sponsored by Mr. Patel. The Knight Award went to “The Boys and The Frog” and included the following students: Tanner Crews, David Draime, Tye Fagan, C.J. Futch and Jacob Tharpe.
The final category for the evening was for high school students in grades 9-12 and the nominees were: “Shark Tank” sponsored by Mr. Bentley; “The Constitutional Convention” sponsored by Mr. Boyd and “Math Rap” sponsored by Mrs. Murphy. The winner Saturday evening was “Shark Tank” and included the following students: Zachary Baggett, Leticia Benning, Alia Collins, Tara Corley, Donisha Gray, Ausha Green, Jade Harrell, Kellie Hatcher, Christy Kennedy, Mae Manley, Justin Phillips, Kristen Rampley, Jacob Sayer, Kirksley Wainwright, Cooper Wall, Rebecca Waterman, Emily White and Kaley Wilson.
Beeland noted the movie academy will become an annual event for Upson-Lee Students in grade K-12 and plans are in the works to make next year’s even better. The entire awards ceremony is also available to view online at www.upsoneducationalliance.org/ulma and all of the movies that were submitted will be uploaded to the website as well.