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Video contest challenges Indian Lake students

Middle, high schoolers asked to make promotional video of town

Indian Lake Central School

Indian Lake Central School Photo by John Grybos.

— The school is providing hardware and software. And DeChant is showing students how to use the video cameras and how to tell a story.

“We’re hoping the kids realize some of the fun things to do here and they can make a nice little commercial about the area,” said DeChant, who is also a member of the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Students, however, may be more interested in the prize money than sharing their creativity. But that’s OK, according to DeChant. The $500 cash prize — funded by an anonymous donor interested in the economic development of the community — is great motivation, DeChant said, and it shows students that they can get paid for their creative efforts.

Who knows, it may even lead to a career opportunity.

“Personally, I think they’re going to learn how to tell a story, something they wouldn’t have had to do before,” DeChant said “and take a look at where they live and enjoy it, appreciate what they’ve got, because this is a good place to live ... Sometimes it’s good to look at the trees and not just kind of see the forest.”

Indian Lake video contest

The “Live, Work, and Play in the Adirondacks” video contest is sponsored by the Indian Lake Planning Committee (Indian Lake Community Development Corporation).

It is a student competition to develop a media presentation titled “My Indian Lake Experience with Successful Leaders” for the Internet websites in Indian Lake. There is a $500 cash prize for the winning entry.

The Rules

•Choose a great program or experience which has been a “WOW.” Was it camping? A museum visit? An Art Center activity? A rewarding school or town program? Think “How do I wish to promote my community?”

•Use media via graphics, photography, and a presentation of a scripted interview to design “My Indian Lake Experience with Successful Leaders.”

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