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December 17, 2013 > MVROP students are finalists in national contest

MVROP students are finalists in national contest

Submitted By Allison Aldinger

Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (MVROP) students enrolled in the, Electronic Media Production (EMP) Academy on the James Logan High School campus submitted a video project which has been selected as one of the top ten final entries in a national contest to win Òthe worldÕs smallest HD mobile production vehicle.Ó

EMP Academy, instructed by Richard Yacco, is a career technical education program in which students learn video production art skills. Academy students who created the entry include: Mohammed Ali, Augustus Egipto Jr., Jennifer Eubank, Brandon Evangelista, Michael Fajardo, Ricardo Guzman, Terrance Ramirez, Ranelle Sanchez, Sean Stewart, Ulysses Tan, Kiersten Villanueva, and Isaiah Wahilani.

Contest sponsor, NewTek, selected the MVROP EMP Academy at James Logan from hundreds of submissions throughout the nation. Logan, along with seven other high schools, and two university contest finalists will receive a $5,000 prize. The grand prize for the contest, a TriCaster 455 with 3Play 425, is a complete video production system that allows live-streaming of a multi-camera video production incorporating 3D visual effects and slow-motion. All of this HD gear is built into a custom SmartCar that allows live sports coverage for both home and away games, and is valued at more than $50,000.

The contest required numerous stages of entry submissions. The EMP Academy final submission consisted of a three-minute video to convince the judges that their program is the best home for the NewTek Streaming Sports Car. Kiersten Villanueva, student video director states, ÒWe had a lot of fun creating our entry. We think we did a great job and our chances of winning are good.Ó The winner of the NewTek contest will be announced in mid-December. To view the contest video entries go to

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