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25 years ago: Student films attract notice at national contest

January 18, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 18, 1988:

Two film presentations by Lawrence students were honored recently in a national contest. One of the films, "The Effects of World War I on German-Americans in Lawrence, Ks.," won third place nationally in the slide tape category for fourth- through sixth-graders at the International Student Media Festival of the Association of Educational Communication and Technology. The students, who had made the film last year as sixth-graders at Pinckney School, were Kim Wiedenkeller, Sarah Finney, Suzy Davis, and Kitty Steffens. The other entry, a national third-place winner in the news-video category titled "Sacco and Vanzetti versus the Commonwealth of Massachusetts," had been created by four St. John School students, Erin Shoulberg, Frank Ednista, David Heller, and Kirsten Magnuson. Both films had been made as Kansas History Day projects. The German-American film was becoming quite well known, according to student advisor Marcia Ackerman. The girls had presented it in April at a Kansas University German-American Symposium and then again in the fall at a symposium in St. Louis.

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