Stamford Public Schools (SPS), in partnership with the Stamford Board of Realtors, the Ferguson Library and the Stamford Public Education Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 SPS Video Challenge. Students, staff members and alumni from across the district submitted short videos that demonstrated the essence of the SPS vision: The Stamford Public Schools . . . will challenge, inspire and prepare all students to be productive contributing members of society.
The first place video, “Because We Are,” was produced by Strawberry Hill Music Teacher Seth Goldstein, along with Principal Frank Rodriguez, Administrative Intern Sandra Carlton, Reading Teacher Jessica Petruzzelli and Ian Wheeler, a friend of the school. The following actors and musicians also starred in the winning video: Grade 2 Students Sophie Foster (lead actor), Aryan Ruia, Srijitha Rayabarapu, Diego Bars, Adele Forman, Neil Nair, Aarav Ritesh and Nika Stepanov.
“The winning video was very original, creative and involved teachers, students and staff,” said Contest Judge Rocky Progano, President and Video Producer MediaCOM Inc., a Stamford-based video production company.
“This film conveyed a creative and original story of the SPS mission and vision as seen through the eyes of a second grade student,” said Contest Judge Leigh Morfoot, SPS parent and professional filmmaker.
The contest was part of the district’s effort to increase public awareness of, understanding of and engagement in the vision and mission.
“We received many outstanding video submissions that offered a glimpse into our schools,” said Superintendent Kim. “The videos not only demonstrate what talented storytellers and artists we have among our students and staff but also the pride they have for our district.”
APPLES Early Childhood Education Center took second place with the video, “APPLES Cultivates Habits of Mind, Body and Heart,” produced by Special Education Paraprofessional Samantha Alemseghed and Apples Interim Director Kendra Brown.
Scofield Magnet Middle School Sixth Graders Charlotte McDonald and Riley Allyn earned an Honorable Mention for their film, “Why Stamford Public Schools Inspires Us,” which was deemed the best all-student produced video submission.
The district invited community and district leaders to serve as judges. The district appreciates the time and expertise of this year’s judging panel:
- Leigh Morfoot, SPS Parent and Filmmaker
- Rocky Progano, President, MediaCOM Inc
- William Hart, SPS Alumni and Filmmaker
- Tamara Dilworth, Visual Arts Department Teacher, Westhill High School
- Louise McMinn, Technology Teacher, Scofield Magnet Middle School
- Dr. Tamu Lucero, Assistant Superintendent—Elementary
The SPS Video Challenge was open to any SPS student (and their families), staff members or alumni. The winners were announced during a press conference on Monday, May 21, 2018, at the Government Center. Links to the videos will be posted on the SPS website in the coming weeks.