McCool Middle School Student, Stella German, Invited to White House as Finalist in Nationwide Film Fest Competition

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Guam – With more than 2,000 nationwide entries in the first-ever White House Student Film Festival, McCool Elementary/Middle School fifth-grader Stella German overcame very long odds to be named a finalist and earn a special invitation to personally screen her film for White House officials on Friday.
“I am looking forward to meeting the President, Mrs. Obama and their kids. I also look forward to watching my video in the White House theater,” said German, who will fly to Washington DC to visit the White House in a special ceremony for the finalists.

“I am looking forward to meeting the President, Mrs. Obama and their kids. I also look forward to watching my video in the White House theater,” said German, who will fly to Washington DC to visit the White House in a special ceremony for the finalists.

This is the first year for the nationwide contest which ran from Nov. 25, 2013 to Jan. 29, 2014. The competition was open to all K-12 students in the U.S. including students attending Department of Defense schools located around the globe.

Student films could not exceed three minutes and had to answer specific and complex questions: “What’s your education story & how does technology and connectivity fit into how you learn at school or on your own? How do you imagine technology will change the educational experience for kids in the future?”

[McCool Elementary/Middle School Music Teacher Nicholas Trosclair and fifth-grader Stella German worked together on “We Will Raise a Ruckus Tonight,” a film selected by the White House as a finalist in the first-ever White House Film]

Film entries were uploaded to YouTube and underwent an initial round of judging by a panel composed of White House staff members. Selected finalists, including German, have been invited to attend a special screening at the White House in Washington, DC. During the event, the panel will conduct a final round of judging and select top winners. The panel will use the following criteria to select the winners: creativity in expression of the theme; originality of the submission, and; technical quality of the final video product.

 

Student winners will receive a special certificate and their films will be featured on the White House web site, YouTube channel, Vimeo, and other official social media pages.