Dallastown students earn top spots in video contests

Jessica Schladebeck

Students from Dallastown Area Senior High School during the nationwide Student Television Network Convention created a sitcom pilot about a struggling singing telegram service that was judged among the best of the 300 videos submitted to the contest.

]: The winning Sitcom team pose for the cameras after receiving their award for 2nd place in the Crazy 8 contest at the Student Television Networks National Convention in Atlanta, GA. 
(BACK ROW left to right: Garrett Kerr, Lucas Staub, Matt Neuheimer, Jalen Walker, Joey Wagner, Reed Mauro, Kyren Smith, Lincoln Bowser, Marquis Thomas; FRONT ROW left to right: Nathan Simms, John Easterday, Seth Murphy)

The Dallastown video production club earlier this month traveled to the conference in Atlanta, where they took second place in the "Crazy 8" competition. The students were given the task of creating a compelling sitcom pilot — which could not exceed eight minutes in length —  based on the title "Strong Note." The crew of 12  had eight hours to write the script, cast their characters, film and edit their video submission.

The video opens with "Strong Note" main character Casey, played by Lucas Staub, knocking on a door and delivering a singing telegram about the recipient's wife leaving him. Casey is then met with a series of doors being slammed in his face until he and his business partner Garrett, played by Garrett Kerr, add a kazoo to their singing-telegram performances.

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Dallastown students Camerin Norfleet and Damian Tyson also earned a second place recognition in the Sports Action editing competition. The duo, with provided footage, were tasked with creating a 60-second action montage.

Altogether, the 26 Dallastown students who attended the convention submitted a total of 11 videos to be reviewed and judged.

Camerin Norfleet (right) and Damian Tyson received 2nd place in Action Sports Editing at Student Television Networks National Convention in Atlanta, GA.

The Student Television Network seeks to "support, promote and recognize excellence in scholastic broadcast journalism, creative video, film making and media convergence," according to its website. The Dallastown students who attended the conference had the opportunity to meet and receive advice from professionals in the film and broadcasting industries in addition to using what they have learned in video production classes in a competitive setting.

The Dallastown production classes, through their own television program — Wildcat Television or WCAT-TV —  put out a variety of products including a morning show, short film pieces and a weekly variety show called Wildcat Connection.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.