Maui schools among finalists in statewide video competition

The 14th annual ‘Olelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition — the state’s oldest and largest contest of its type — presented by Sony has announced the 2017 finalists from over 900 submissions.

The finalist videos were created by students who attend 89 public, charter and private schools across the state.

Judges selected finalists based on subject impact and technical production. These panels included local news media, filmmaking professionals and, in the case of sponsored categories, subject experts.

High-definition Sony digital video cameras will be awarded to the winning schools in each of the divisional categories on the morning of April 27 at the Awards Gala at the Sheraton Waikiki.

The live cablecast of the ‘Olelo Youth Xchange Awards Gala will air starting at 10:30 a.m. on Channel 55, as well as streamed live at www.olelo/55.

The cablecast will also be made available for viewing within 48 hours on ‘Olelo Video On-Demand Channel 52, at www.youtube.com/olelocm and on olelo.org/olelonet.

This year, Youth Xchange videos competed in 18 categories. The seven broad categories include animation, mini-documentary, news, public service announcement, short, Expert and Junior Expert.

Students in ‘Olelo Youth Xchange compete in three age divisions: elementary, intermediate and high school. Previous winners and students with professional experience compete in the Junior Expert (kindergarten through middle school) and Expert (high school and college) categories.

Finalists from Maui County are as follows:

ANIMATION

Middle School: “Disability Does Not Mean Inability” — Maui Waena Intermediate

“Being Healthy” — Kalama Intermediate

“Sports Safety Rap” — Maui High

FIGHT THE BITE

“Fight the Bite” — Maui Waena Intermediate

MALAMA HONUA

“Malama Honua” — Maui Waena Intermediate

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

“Ocean Delicacy” — Maui High

SHORT

“Mission to Mars” — Montessori School of Maui

THE VALUE OF WATER

Elementary: “Conserving Water” — Pomaikai Elementary

“I Am Water” — Kamehameha Schools Maui

TRAFFIC SAFETY

“The Third Wheel” — Maui High

VOTE TO RISE

Elementary: “Importance of Voting” — Wailuku Elementary

EXPERT

“Women in Technology” — Maui High

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