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Berry students make strong showing in UAB's "Koronisfest"

05-18-2012 (BMS) - Cash prizes and awards were presented to Berry Middle School students this week who recently made a strong showing in UAB's "KoronisFest" - a film festival of sorts for students which aims to increase social awareness of issues through PSA (public service announcement) and poster contests.

Professional and amateur filmmakers submitted entries in this year’s KoronisFest Public Service Announcement (PSA) Film and Poster Competition sponsored by the UAB School of Public Health. A talented team of three aspiring film makers, Multimedia students from Berry Middle School, took home top honors in the “Under 19” category for their live-action video, “Death is All Around You!”

Luke Boyett, Jackson Boyett and Ozair Patel – all 8th grade students – formed the winning team. Their Poster submission took third place.

The team’s entry, "Death is All Around You", dramatically presents the hazards of texting and driving. Another Berry Middle School student, Peyton Spencer, had multiple wins in the competition, taking home 1st in the Poster division with his entry, “Meet the Reaper” and 2nd in the Live Action Video category with “TNT”.

Continuing the winning streak, 3rd Place in the “Under 19” live-action category was won by the team of Varsha Sridhar and Ashley Sanders –7th graders- for their entry “Anti Cyberbullying” The Animation category “Under 19”, was again won by Berry students -3rd Place- for their anti-drinking and driving PSA, “You Do The Math,” created by the team of Chase Nord, Brandon Simmons, and Ke’Sean Bates.  All of these winning PSA can still be viewed online at, www.koronisfest.org

An amazing sweep of the KoronisFest competition by 7th and 8th grade student in Ms. Angie Mangina’s Multimedia class who won with class projects.

“Assisting talented and motivated students in achieving their creative vision is a pleasure. I am so proud of these students and their accomplishments," Mangina said.

More about KoronisFest…
KoronisFest is an annual public service announcement (PSA) and poster competition at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. The original idea for KoronisFest came from "Narrative Public Health," a course at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health. NPH's faculty includes Max Michael (dean of the School), Michele Forman (whose credits include associate producer for Spike Lee's Oscar-nominated documentary 4 Little Girls) and Steve Rudd (neurologist, novelist, gadfly). But it was the students who made KoronisFest more than an idea. They took it and ran with it. After the School established the Steve Rudd Endowed Award for Public Health Communication in February of 2010, resources were in place for the inaugural KoronisFest competition.

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