MIDDLEBURY - Eleven area students entered videos about either freedom of speech or public libraries in the Addison County Teen Video Challenge hosted by Ilsley Public Library and Middlebury Community Television.
The Challenge was underwritten with funds given to the library in memory of former library trustee chair Ron McKinnon. "We asked students to use their creativity in addressing these themes," said David Clark, IPL director. "Ron McKinnon would have loved the idea - combining youngsters, video, and libraries."
Entering videos were Jack Brisson (homeschooled), Charlie Buckles (Mary Hogan), Hazel Chomey (Mt. Abe UHS), Sebastian Crowell (VUHS), Chuch Hill (MUHS), Sean Fahey
(MUHS), Jacob Klemmer (MUMS), Michelle Peterson and Hailey LaBounty (MUMS), Julie Rickner and Brittany Atkins (Mt. Abe), Melanie Rotax (Mt. Abe), and Harper Smith (MUMS).
The first place prize of $200 and an internship at MCTV went to Jacob Klemmer. The second place prize of $150 went to Julie Rickner and Brittany Atkins. Third place prized of $100 was awarded to Hazel Chomey.
The judges for the Challenge were Barbara Doyle-Wilch, former dean of Library and Information Services at Middlebury College, Jason Mittell, associate professor of American Studies and Film and Media Culture chair at the College, and Jon Andrews, filmmaker and instructor in the film studies program at Yale University.
The videos entries may be viewed on the library's website, www.ilsleypubliclibrary.org