Students of the Early College and Career Center Film Path at Hardin County Schools have been busy this school year creating videos for different community groups that cover a wide range of topics.
One student documented the county’s drug problem, others told the story of a high school basketball program, and another student publicized cold cases for the Elizabethtown Police Department.
Students gain experience through their production company, Reel World Productions. Their videos have hundreds of views.
In March, the program was named Kentucky’s best in the state’s Student Technology Leadership Program competition.
Terren Gambrell-Glover, a student at North Hardin High School, said winning the award was a good way to end his high school career. He plans to continue studying film production at the University of Kentucky next year.
âWe left the bar high,â said Gambrell-Glover. âWe set the standard. “
Gambrell-Glover, Daeshionna Kimbrough, Reagan White and Westin King represented the EC3 program in the state competition. Many other students worked on award-winning videos during the school year.
Belinda Stark, who oversees the media arts program, said that as part of the competition, the students showcased their work and the community service they have performed.
âThis is the first time that the district has won the award,â she said.
Stark is retiring at the end of this school year after teaching for 25 years. She takes the students to Chicago for a conference on teacher technology, where they will present their videos.
âThen I’ll come home and hang up,â she said.
The media arts program switched to EC3 two years ago, Stark said. Before, she would drive to every school, giving film lessons. The program’s work with local agencies began last school year. EPD asked the students to make a video on what to do when they are stopped by the police.
âFrom there it grew,â Stark said.
This year, the students worked with EPD spokesperson Officer John Thomas on a series on cold cases, public service announcements and a documentary on drugs in Hardin County.
Stark said the students were not working on commercial videos.
âWe do it as a public service,â she said.
Last week, the students posted a video on this Saturday’s 5K supporting the Children’s Crusade.
âWe’re very involved in the community,â said White, a senior at Central Hardin High School who worked on the videos.
For Kimbrough, a student at John Hardin High School, the video she made of an unsolved double homicide will stay with her.
She said that EPD shared photos of crime scenes with her and that she needed to decide which ones were appropriate to broadcast.
âI was proud of the choices they made,â Stark said.
In addition to the first prize at the STLP, the students won prizes in other categories.
Gambrell-Glover and two other students took first place in the Lost School Hall of Fame documentary competition for high school basketball in Kentucky. Their video was about Elizabethtown Catholic High School. Gambrell-Glover said he spent at least 40 hours editing the documentary.
âI learned everything about E’town Catholic,â he said.
King, a junior at Central Hardin High School, said he has come a long way since first grade. His progress is the “craziest thing” about the program, he said.
âWe started not knowing how to use a camera and now we’re making videos,â he said.
To watch videos of EC3 students, go to their YouTube channel, Hardin County Schools EC3 Media Arts Program.