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Announcing the 2016 MyStudySyncTV Contest Winners

Posted by Diane Cadogan on May 16, 2016 |

For this year’s 2015-2016 MyStudySyncTV contest we received close to 100 video submissions with over 450 students participating from across the country. Our third annual contest asked students to produce their own version of our signature StudySync®TV or SkillsTV videos, modeling student-led literary discussion groups on texts and skills within StudySync. The StudySync reviewer team was once again floored by the intelligent and creatively crafted submissions, and are very proud to honor these efforts!

To create these episodes, teams of students transformed into “StudySync® TV” production teams, developing essay prompts, writing scripts, and then acting in their own unique episodes.

Each year, StudySync recognizes the Top Middle School and High School Productions, and also presents awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Direction.

And the awards go to...

MyStudySyncTV Top Submissions

Our winning submissions were chosen for their excellent academic discussion and collaboration, combined with well-written scripts and camera work.

Middle School Winner:
MyStudySyncTV Production of Rosemary Sutcliff's Black Ships Before Troy by 6th students of teacher Katrina O’Meara at Robert C. Fisler School in Fullerton, CA.

These students are applauded for their enthusiastic and thorough analysis, with Audrey Lee being awarded an honorable mention for her role in this production.

Runner Up - Middle School Production:
MyStudySyncTV Production of Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood’s End by a team of 8th grade students of teacher Elizabeth Ellison also at Robert C. Fisler School.


High School Winner:
MyStudySyncTV Production of Bryce Courtenay's Power of One by students of teacher Katherine Hertz at Geneva High School in Geneva, IL. The well-scripted episode with a natural conversational feel and great camera work led to their selection.

Runner Up - High School Production:
MyStudySyncTV Production of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations by a team of high school students of teacher Debbie Andrus at Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova, CA.

Congratulations to these teachers and their students for their outstanding efforts!

But there’s more
Roll out the red carpet for the winners of 2016's Creative Awards Categories....

Best Actor Awards

Best Actor in a Middle School production:
Starring in a MyStudySyncTV episode on Malala Yousafzai's I am Malala,  congratulations Kevin Hu!

Best Actor in a Middle School production

Best Actor in a High School production:
From the MyStudySyncTV episode on Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, put your hands together for Michael Farish!

Best Actor in a High School production

Best Actress Awards

Best Actress in a Middle School production:
For her performance in the MyStudySyncTV production of Orson Scott Card's Ender’s Game, the award goes to... Jaida Anekwe!

Best Actress in a Middle School production

Best Actress in a High School production:
Starring in the award-winning MyStudySyncTV top submission on Bryce Courtenay's novel The Power of One, congratulations Leah Groven!

Best Actress in a High School Production

Directing Awards

Best Direction - Middle School:

And the award goes to... the MyStudySyncTV production analyzing The Hero Shliemann: The Dreamer Who Dug for Troy, the powerful nonfiction novel by Laura Amy Schlitz. 

MyStudySyncTV Contest Winner, Best Direction, Middle School –

Best Direction - High School:

And the award goes to... the High School Production of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah.  Congratulations to a great producing team!

MyStudySyncTV Contest Winner, Best Direction, High School-

With an honorable mention for actress Yekaterina Babruck in recognition of her acting in this production.


Congratulations to all of these amazing students, their teachers, and parents!  The submissions are inspiring and we can't wait until next May when teachers submit a new batch of MyStudySyncTV episodes.

Categories: Critical Thinking, StudySync TV, StudySync TV Lessons, Video, Web-based Learning