The results are in and we are excited to announce the winners of the 2015 MySyncTV Contest! Our second annual contest called for students from across the country to produce their own version of our signature StudySync®TV videos, modeling student-led literary discussion groups around a text within StudySync. Our team was blown away by the thoughtful and creative submissions, and we are proud to honor that hard work here. This year’s submissions are top notch!
For the contest, students became “StudySync TV producers,” developing essay prompts, writing scripts, and then acting in their very own MySyncTV episodes. This year, StudySync recognizes the Top Middle School and High School Productions, and also presents new awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, and Best Direction.
And the awards go to...
The MySyncTV Winners - Top Production Awards
Our winning submissions were chosen for their excellent academic discussion and collaboration, combined with well-written scripts and camera work.
Middle School Winner:
MySyncTV Production of Judith Ortiz Cofer's Abuela Invents the Zero by students of teacher Elizabeth Ellison at Robert C. Fisler School in Fullerton, CA.
High School Winner:
MySyncTV Production of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness by students of teacher Katherine Hertz at Geneva High School in Geneva, IL.
Congratulations to these teachers are their students for their outstanding episodes!
But that's not all,
Roll out the red carpet for the winners of 2015's New Awards Categories....
Best Actor Awards
Best Actor in a Middle School production:
Starring in a MySyncTV episode on Emily Dickinson's poem, "Fate slew Him, but He did not drop," congratulations Javier Bran!
Best Actor in a Middle School production
Best Actor in a High School production:
From the MySyncTV episode on Conrad's Heart of Darkness, put your hands together for Sam Hendrian!
Best Actor in a High School production
Best Actress Awards
Best Actress in a Middle School production:
For her performance in the MySyncTV production of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the award goes to... Allison Louie!
Best Actress in a Middle School production
Best Actress in a High School production:
Starring in the MySyncTV submission on Bryce Courtenay's novel The Power of One, congratulations Kayla Mickelsen!
Best Actress in a High School Production
Best Screenplay - Middle School:
And the winner is... the MySyncTV production for Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, for its superb script.
Best Screenplay - Middle School
Best Screenplay - High School:
And the winner is... the MySyncTV submission comparing the issue of censorship in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn with Heart of Darkness, for its intense dialogue analyzing the texts and authors' intentions.
Best Screenplay - High School
Best Direction - Middle School:
And the award goes to... the MySyncTV production analyzing A Poison Tree, the powerful poem by William Blake.
Best Direction - Middle School
Best Direction - High School::
And the award goes to... the winning High School Production of Heart of Darkness. Congratulations to a great producing team from Geneva High School for a second win!
Best Direction - High School
Congratulations to all of these amazing students, their teachers, and parents! The submissions are inspiring and we can't wait until next spring for a new batch of MySyncTV submissions.