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Molokai Middle School students win at statewide video competition

Molokai Middle School Media & Leadership and 8th Grade English Language Arts students won first place and were the top three finalists for five categories among 900 entries at the 17th annual Olelo Youth Xchange Video Contest on Oahu last month. The contest is the only statewide video competition and showcases students from K-12 public and private schools. Due to COVID-19-related health and safety restrictions, there was no public awards ceremony this year.

Results for the Molokai students:

1. Documentary, “Grief”: Kailana Guerrero-McGuire & Carly Dudoit — finalist.

2. Short Film, “Eo Molokai”: Kuulei Simon, Leilei Starkey-Ahyee & Keahi DeCosta — finalist.

3. “808 No Vape”: Kalawaia Puaa-Kanawalewale, Heath Lopez & Kahekili Cuello — finalist.

4. “Forest Inspired”: Zaylyn Satele-Tonganan — finalist.

5. “Free Speech”: Halle Acgaoli and Tiffany Alavazo-Quinones — 1st place.

This is the third consecutive year that MMS students placed in the top three in the state.

Students enrolled in the Media & Leadership program engage in project based learning and produce videos that address real-world issues. Students produce content from pre to post production (i.e. identify an issue, storyboarding, scriptwriting, filming, editing) with advisory input. Students also play an integral role in school leadership activities throughout the school year.

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