High school teams earn top spots in video contest


Nash-Rocky Mount Superintendent Dr. Shelton Jefferies, far left, and teacher Jessica Horne, far right, stand with some of the Nash Central High School students responsible for the winning video submission in the the N.C. School Boards Association’s video contest.


From Contributed Reports

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Every year, the N.C. School Boards Association challenges North Carolina public high schools across the state to explain what they think is super about public schools by holding a video contest.

This year, Nash Central High School and Southern Nash High School were chosen as two of the top three finalists in the state. The schools were honored at the N.C. School Boards Association annual state conference in Greensboro. Nash Central High School was declared the winner, Southern Nash High School finished second and West Columbus High School took home third place.

The contest challenges public high schools to submit a video 45-60 seconds in length that conveys what makes public schools super. The videos are judged on the following criteria: content clarity, if the video is memorable/interesting, creativity and production. No professional assistance can be provided to produce the video. The format of the video is decided by the students.

The winning submission from Nash Central High School earned a first-place trophy and a $3,000 cash prize for the school. Southern Nash High School received a trophy and a $2,000 cash prize for placing second and West Columbus High School received a trophy and a $1,000 cash prize for placing third.

In addition to the top three videos, 10 videos received an honorable mention. All video submissions are available for viewing at https://www.ncsba.org/high-school-video-contest-entries/

Nash Central High School has won the competition three out of the last four years by taking home the top prize in 2014, 2016 and now 2017. The student project has occurred under the leadership of Nash Central High School teacher Jessica Horne each year. Horne’s Advanced Placement English students were responsible for the winning video.

This was the first year that Southern Nash High School submitted an entry in the competition. Southern Nash High School Band Director Matthew Ray and Chorus Teacher Dean Wheeler combined their chorus classes and made the video submission a class project.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools thanks Horne, Ray and Wheeler for their leadership and encouragement to the students for producing the winning video submissions. Both schools will be recognized at the January Board of Education Meeting and featured in the January Sounding Board newsletter.