Three students at Eisenhower Middle High School have entered a video they created for a competition to win funds to support their schools library.
And they need your help.
EMHS senior Shelby Willis, junior Daymara Haskins, and sophomore Allie Schutt have worked since December to create "The Hub," a five-minute video showcasing why EMHS should win the third Follett Challenge, a national contest that awards a total of $200,000 in products and services to 15 winning schools. The contest includes 10 People's Choice awards and EMHS wants your vote to help update their schools library resources.
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Eisenhower Middle High School sophomore Allie Schutt, junior Daymara Haskins, and senior Shelby Willis have created a video called “The Hub” in a national contest that would allow the library to acquire new resources for students at the school.
"We made it here at school using one of the journalism cameras and I edited it with one of my own computers," Willis said.
The video includes footage inside the school library and interviews with students and staff that ends with a remix the students did of the Lorde song, "Royals."
"It took about a week to come up with new lyrics that we thought went along with our library," Schutt said.
Students and staff were asked to describe the library in one word in the video and described the library as the hub of the school - "relaxing," "tranquil," "productivity," "welcoming," and "informative" were just a few of the responses.
"We'd like to see our library develop and kind of evolve for our community and students here at Eisenhower," Haskins said.
Students and staff in the video agree.
"The library is the hub of Eisenhower, all the information, computer information, historical data, the periodical magazines, just anything you can ever imagine plus the systems to find that information. That's one of the key pieces of our high school, the library," EMHS Principal Kelly Martin said in the video.
EMHS Librarian Jeanette Walter said "Most importantly this is where the community comes together to share ideas and make the school a better place for the kids that are here."
Willis, Haskins and Schutt will also be judged on an application they had to submit along with the video so "even if we don't get the most votes we still have a chance," Walter said.
A winning entry for EMHS is also a win for other schools in the Warren County School District, as schools are able to share materials through the interlibrary loan system. New resources for the library would include digital books,movies, online subscriptions and "Play Away" pre-loaded digital books that Walter said "the kids love."
"If we get new resources for Eisenhower's library, all the schools across the district can use it too," she said. "If we get books, dvds and stuff like that we can share them."
"The Hub" is also a place for students to explore literature and "provides a place for students to do the research they need to do to prepare themselves for college," EMHS English teacher Crystal Howe said in "The Hub" video. "Just have a place to enjoy reading and enjoy learning."
The 2013-2014 Follett Challenge winners will be announced during a live video announcement on www.follettchallenge.com and via email. Four semifinalists and 10 video winners will be announced on April 14 and the grand prize winner will be announced on May 6.
The names of the winners will be posted on the Follett Challenge after the live announcement.
For more information visit The 2013-2014 Follett Challenge winners will be announced during a live video announcement on www.follettchallenge.com and via email.
For more information visit www.follettchallenge.com/video-grid.cfm.