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June 21, 2011 > Student achievement showcased

Student achievement showcased

Submitted By Janell Watts

Celebrating another great year of learning, creativity and innovation, Kimber Hills Academy presented their first annual Spring Variety Show on May 12-13, featuring singing, band selections, and student produced videos and film clips. The two-evening production showcased the middle school's film projects, inspired by current curriculum, in response to the 21st Century technology initiative.

Preschoolers to 4th grade students, and Beginning Band and Advance Band also presented several song selections with an emphasis in world awareness, under the direction of Mr. Tony Bolivar, school music and band director.

Kimber Hills Academy Middle School students have created short films, videos, commercial, teasers, etc., using Apple Mac books this year. They have been exposed to, and have become adept in using these tools and learning at the same time. Recognizing the students' individual accomplishments, Kimber Hills Academy Middle School teachers, Jason Burgin and Bianca Vidal, hosted their version of an academy awards show, "The Golden Apples." Winners were not announced until the evening of "The Golden Apples," so student winners were surprised and somewhat shocked, but gave acceptance speeches that rivaled the movie stars.

"We're excited and encouraged with the quality, thought provoking messages and artistic elements in our students' films. Having this element as part of their learning experience, gave our students the chance to tap into their potential this year through technology, collaboration and the opportunity to express their unique qualities. We can hardly wait to see what our students will come up with next year," added Elaine Choy, Kimber Hills Academy Leadership team member.

The following students were honored in these categories:

Best Cinematography:
Winner: Blair Dew Project (Julia Bickel)
Candyland (Jowelle Campbell, Lucas O'Rourke, Elena Strom)
Going Green (Claudia Chinn, Fiona Suba, Courtney Wong)
The Mayans (Darin Chamberlain, Evalina Chinn, Roman Estrada, Alexandra Farhangui, Aaron Havard, Aaron Kuo, Dylan Oxford, Andie Teresi)
Star Wars (Aaron Kuo)

Best Action Film:
Winner: Go Racer Go (Daniel Redeker)
Magnet Ogre (Andie Teresi)
Plants (Evalina Chinn)
Roller Coaster Project (Thomas Duncan, Jonah Estrada, Jasmyn Fletcher, Rachel Wong) Thomas & Lucas' Nature Project (Thomas Duncan, Lucas O'Rourke)

Best Animation:
Winner: The Aztec Kingdom (Matt Ridings)
Don't Eat the Cookies, Mario! (Sonja Adeni, John Duarte, Gelila Ermias, Ethan Harris, Aaron Jones)
Honesty Policy (Miguel Ablaza, Kalvin Chao, Travis Churchill, Ryan Doolittle, Nicho Moser, Nicky Prepares, Ryan Tung)
Kindness (Jessie Canevaro, Bella Eaton, Michael Herkelrath, Grace Ingebretson, Chloe Letsinger, Drew Matthews)
James vs. Alien (Andrew Kuo, Matthew Leung, Nathan Ried, Eddie Wang)

Best Literary Promotional Film:
Winner: Hatchet - ZN (Zane Moore, Nicholas Pierce)
Bridge to Terabithia - CC (Claudia Chinn, Courtney Wong)
Flipped (Caitlyn Hum, Adeline Masbrata, Eleanor Savas, Kasey Yu)
Hatchet - FANA (Nate Morjig, Alastaj'a Ringgold, Fiona Suba, Andrew Witty)
Holes - BMM (Meghan Geer, Melissa Loh, Bella Socias)

Best Nature Documentary:
WINNER: Thorny Devil (Ethan Strom)
Black-Footed Ferrets (Zane Moore)
Hip & Happening Hippos (Evalina Chinn, Andie Teresi)
Llama (Jasmyn Fletcher, Mariah O'Rourke)
Survival with Fire (Wilson Tam)

Best Theological Cinematic Expression:
Winner: Firework (Jowelle Campbell)
Don't Rain on My Parade (Megan Momand)
Escape (Thomas Duncan)
Just the Way You Are (Elena Strom)
Never Say Never (Jasmyn Fletcher)
Vices like Vipers (Mariah O'Rourke)

Editor's Note: Kimber Hills Academy is a Ministry of Fremont Community Church. For more information, visit

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