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14th Annual ‘Olelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Maui High School and Mid-Pacific Institute captured the highest honors at the awards gala for the 14th Annual ‘Olelo Youth Xchange Statewide Student Video Competition. The winners of the state’s oldest and largest contest of its type were announced from 904 submissions. Students from Maui High School took the Expert category with “Women in Technology.” Mid-Pacific Institute students won the Junior Expert category with “Make a Wish Come True.” For their Expert and Junior Expert wins, Maui High and Mid-Pac were presented with commercial-grade Sony SLR video cameras and 24-70 mm lenses with a combined value totaling over $2,400 each.

An additional 48 high-definition Sony digital video cameras (valued at $650 each) were awarded to each of the winners in the three age divisions in the 16 other categories of competition. Winning videos were created by students who attend public, charter and private schools all across O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island, Kaua‘i and Maui counties. Since its inception, ‘Olelo Youth Xchange has awarded over 600 video cameras to schools throughout Hawai‘i.

The seven broad categories of 2017 competition include animation, mini-documentary, news, public service announcement, short, Expert and Junior Expert. The 11 sponsored categories this year include Clean Energy Future, Creating Peace, Fight the Bite, Forest Health Hawai‘i, Ma¯lama Honua, Start Living Healthy, Storm Water Hero, Taking Assessments Seriously, The Value of Water, Traffic Safety and Vote to Rise. 

Students in ‘Olelo Youth Xchange compete in three age divisions: elementary, intermediate and high school. Previous winners and students with professional experience compete in the Junior Expert (kindergarten through middle school) and Expert (high school and college) categories. ‘Olelo Youth Xchange judges selected winners based on subject impact and technical production. These panels included local news media, filmmaking professionals and, in the case of sponsored categories, subject experts. 

For more information, visit www.olelo.org/YXC.

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