Castleton Video Festival award winners announced

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CASTLETON -- Castleton College, in association with Vermont Public Television, is pleased to announce the winners of the 19th Annual Castleton Videofest held Friday, May 2 in the Casella Theater.

High School students from seven different schools throughout Vermont submitted DVDs of original work in the following categories: documentary, experimental/animation, narrative fiction, and public service announcements/advertisements.

First place from each category receives a $500 scholarship to Castleton College Communication or Theater Arts program.

    Documentary:
  • The winning video for the documentary category was "A Look at Aspergers" by Garret Laundry of Hartford Area Career and Technical Center.
  • Second place went to the video "Prescription for Addiction" by Chris Ryan, Sara Boe and Lindsay Wells of Middlebury Union High School.
  • Third place went to Middlebury: "The Evolving Business" by Anna Caliandro, Kate Knowles, Kate DaPolito and Emily Robinson of Middlebury Union High School.

    Advertising/PSA:
  • The winning video for the advertising and public service announcement category was "Wish Chicken" by Michael Martel, Braden Hewes and Hannah Pierce of Hartford Area Career and Technical Center.
  • Second place went to the video Stafford Technical Commercial by Tori Cates, Chris Ryan, Peter Turunen, Zach Lenser, Anthony Sherburne and Sydney Euber of Stafford Technical Center.
  • Third place went to "Blue Cow" by Blake Greenanwalt, Dominick Testo and Melra White of Southwest Vermont Career Development Center.

    Narrative Fiction:
  • The winning video for the narrative fiction category was "Itch" by James Abrams, Kali Covell, Nick Brooks, Joseph Collea and Ashley Fogg of Hartford Area Career and Technical Center.
  • Second place went to "Kairos" by Cameron Gallagher Grant Gallagher, Ean Smith, Hannah Nelson, Hank Brill and Russ Ahfeld of Greenwich High School.
  • Third place went to Trapped by Blake Greenawalt, Maria Salazar and Tim Downs of Southwest Vermont Career Development Center.

    Experimental/Animation:
  • The winning video in the experimental category was "Program" by Brendan Tardiff of Stafford Technical Center.
  • Second place went to the video "The DeLorean" by Kiernan Lackney of Stafford Technical Center.
  • Third place went to "Young and Beautiful" by Eva Rainville of Cold Hollow Career Center.
  • The video "Gumba" by Jared Corey of Cold Hollow Career Center won an honorable mention in the experimental/animation category.

    Special Awards:
  • A special award for Outstanding Civil Engagement was given to Middlebury Union high School's AP English class.
  • The Exceptional Editing award was also given to Cameron Gallagher of Greenwich High School for his editing work on the narrative fiction Kairos.

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