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BC students' Keep It Real videos on national television

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By The Staff

Television schedule for 2008/2009 Keep-It-Real Winners "It's Your Choice" and "Be Safe, Be Smart". Air Dates start April 20th, 2009 and running to May 3rd, 2009:

BET: Tuesday through Thursday between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Comedy Central: Tuesday through Thursday between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

MTV: Tuesday through Thursday between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

MTV2: Tuesday through Thursday between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

 

Television schedule for all 2008/2009 Keep-It-Real Winners. Starting April 20th, 2009 and running to May 3rd, 2009.

BET: Monday through Sunday between 8:00 a.m to12:00 midnight.

Comedy Central: Monday through Sunday between 8:00 a.m to12:00 midnight.

E!: Monday through Sunday between 8:00 a.m to12:00 midnight.

MTV: Monday through Sunday between 8:00 a.m to12:00 midnight.

MTV2: Monday through Sunday between 8:00 a.m to12:00 midnight.

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BC students Keep It Real with videos on dangers of underage drinking

LOUISVILLE - There are those little Oscars given out on Sunday evening on the West Coast.

But some Bullitt Central students were honored with Oscars of their own for video work showing the dangers of underage drinking.

The local students had almost a clean sweep in the Keep It Real video competition.

One Bullitt Central video will also be seen on MTV, BET and Comedy Central.

“I’m so proud of the students and the staff,” said principal Christy Coulter. “They do great job with limited resources.”

The first-year principal had seen the videos at the school but was even more impressed when they were shown on the big screen at Baxter Avenue Theaters.

“We have a lot of talented kids at Bullitt Central,” said Coulter. “I knew we would have a great showing but this just blows me away.”

A goal at Bullitt Central is to open the doors of opportunity for students. She said getting them involved in as many activities as possible is a part of that goal.

“Bullitt Central is a great place,” said Coulter. “And Bullitt County is also making great strides.”

Superintendent Keith Davis said it was truly an impressive showing.

“I’m very impressed,” said Davis. “It’s great for Bullitt Central and for Bullitt County in general.”

In visiting the schools, Davis said all have their areas of greatness and Bullitt Central certainly displayed its abilities during the video competition.

Of the entries, Bullitt Central had nearly a third of the videos.

Any time Bullitt County students can be showcased, Davis said it is important.

For Corey Anderson, it was a long night. He sat and watched the other category winners to be announced. It was time for the final award - Best Picture.

“I was nervous,” said the sophomore. “When they announced our names, it was like a dream.”

Anderson and Christa Justice were honored with the top prize of the evening. Along with a monetary award, the pair’s video will now be seen across the nation.

He said in preparing to make the video, the first mission was getting photographs to deal with drinking and driving. And then music had to be found.

While nervous, Anderson said he was able to listen to the comments as the winning video was played. And the positive comments kept coming that evening and in school.

Being surrounded by talented students also helps. Anderson said he was just as impressed with all the videos produced by the other Bullitt Central students.

The students, part of Tim Lands’ leadership class, were responsible for putting the entire video together.

“It’s Your Choice” was not Anderson’s first public viewing of his works. He prepared a video in honor of the late educator and state Rep. Larry Belcher for the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce dinner last fall.

He enjoys the work and may even follow a career in the filmmaking field.

“It was neat to win,” said Anderson. “And it was neat to see the school win so many awards.”

The Peoples Choice Award went to senior Angela Raymer and junior Zach Thomas for Swizzle Stick.

“I was surprised,” admitted Zach.

“It was so exciting,” said Angela.

She said the team wanted to have a little comedy in the video and her partner had a great sense of humor.

Zach said in looking at the other class videos, they decided to take a different approach.

Both liked the leadership class because of the freedom to try different things.

In working together, they said their leadership skills have definitely improved.

Ian Fox and Holly Little won first place in the best art design for their video Alcohol’s Plaything.

Godzilla had a role in the video after the pair’ original idea didn’t seem to be working.

While Holly was surprised with the Oscar, Ian was pretty confident that the video would do well.

Holly, a senior, said she hoped the young ideas presented would appeal to the younger audience in terms of being aware of the dangers of underage drinking.

Ian, a junior, said he felt the humorous approach in the video might bring more attention to a larger audience.

Both said it would be fun to have the opportunity to do the project again.

Their entry also earned the pair the Bullitt Central Teachers Choice Award. oll

Jason Creason and Amber Conover won an honorable mention in best art design for their video A Tale of Two Beverages.

Creason, a senior, said it was pretty cool to win an award.

“We put forth quite a bit of effort,” said Creason.

During the project, Creason said he learned a lot about underage drinking and he hoped other young people would view the videos and understand the dangers.

He also said there was a lesson of working together as he credited Conover for her creativity.

“It’s great to learn to work with others,” said Creason.

Seniors Ciera Ashley and Joey Tyrell were honored with the top award for Most Original video. They also enjoyed working on the project as a team.

Joey said it took teamwork and the meshing of talents to make the project possible.

She said it was really a spur-of-the-moment decision when deciding what The Battle would be about.

Ciera said nobody wins when it comes to underage drinking. But she said the video had lessons to be learned.

“I was really proud,” Joey said of the Bullitt Central showing at the awards presentation.

“It was definitely an experience,” said Ciera.

Seniors Heather Kelly and Kristyn Singleton won an honorable mention for best sound for Life’s Not a Stage. The pair also won second place honors for the Bullitt Central Teachers Choice Award.

“I was surprised, Heather said of the recognition.

She loved working together on the project and she said it helps you learn that she had to depend on others to help in the video.

“I hope they pay attention to it,” Kristyn said of the video.

She was impressed with the work of her fellow students and she was thrilled that Bullitt Central did so well.

Senior Lindsay Hester teamed with Amber Doyle to claim the honors for Best Script.

Their Life Choices video was the culmination of throwing around a lot of ideas, said Lindsay.

She said each person worked on a part of the video and then everything came together. “We kind of mixed our talents together.”

“It was pretty cool seeing your video on a big screen,” said Lindsay.

Lands said he was blown away with the number of awards but he wasn’t surprised.

Giving the students three weeks to complete the project, Lands said his philosophy has always been to give a task and let the students figure out how to get done.

“They always go above and beyond,” said Lands. “I am never surprised at the quality of the work.”

Going into competition with other schools, Lands felt very proud that Bullitt Central did so well. And the accomplishments were made despite students working on very limited technical resources.

“It’s fantastic what they’ve done,” said Lands. “Whether their video won or not, they all did a great job.”

And the students - win or lose - have also been very jacked up about the performance.

“They are proud,” said Lands.

Lands said it was great to see Bullitt Central get some outside attention and to show that there are talented students in Bullitt County.

“It was a great performance,” said Lands.

Tonia Wiggins, director of the school’s youth service center, coordinated the entry into the regional award.

All the videos can be seen here.