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Students tackle important topics, showcase skills in film competitions

Film award season is underway and Kern High School District video production students are showcasing their skills and talents by participating in various film competitions.

Students tackled important topics affecting young people for the Directing Change Program and Film Contest. Directing Change’s mission is to help educate young people about critical health topics through film and promote conversations in schools.

Directing Change Program and Film Contest Winners


Hope & Justice Statewide Winners


First Place – “The Best Year Yet to Come”

Career Technical Education Center (CTEC)

Filmmakers: Paulene Dela Cruz and Sophia Barron

Advisor: Lisa Krch


Category: Suicide Prevention

Honorable Mention – “On to a New Beginning”

South High School

Filmmakers: Dayami Verduzco, Andrew Aguirre, and Gabby Burns

Advisor: Antonio Garcia


Honorable Mention – “Don’t be Afraid”

Shafter High School NAMI Generals

Filmmakers: Guadalupe Feria, Elexia Soto, Amelie Rosales, Quetzal Garcia, Eliyah Sanchez

Advisor: Lupita Garcia


Category: Mental Health Matters

Honorable Mention – “In Our Eyes”

Career Technical Education Center (CTEC)

Filmmakers: Nathalie Tovar, Mustansir Noordeen, Jordan Thompson, Alexis Nicklas, Antonio Garcia, and Sophia Barron

Advisor: Lisa Krch


Honorable Mention – “Gaining Control”

South High School

Filmmakers: Vanessa Alvarez, Roberto Calvillo-Sanchez, Viviana Dorantes, and Destiny Roberson

Advisor: Antonio Garcia


Slick Rock Student Film Festival

The Slick Rock Student Film Festival has announced its top nominees for the 2022 competition. The festival is hosted by the Tulare Office of Education and is a project-based competition where students display their skills to produce a video in various categories.

The winners will be announced at the Slick Rock Student Film Festival Awards Ceremony held at the Visalia Fox Theater on May 13.

Top Nominees include:

Category: Blockbuster

“Lights Out” – Career Technical Educational Center (CTEC)


Category: Flavored Tobacco/Vaping PSA

“Escape the Vape” – West High School

“Quit Vaping Now” – West High School

“Vaping PSA” – West High School

“Was it all a Dream?” – West High School


Category: Opioids/Fentanyl and Marijuana Prevention PSA

“No Rewind” – West High School

“The Death from Fentanyl” – West High School


Category: Public Service Announcement

“Improving Literacy” – Career Technical Education Center (CTEC)


Category: Music Video- Original

“Happier Than Me” – Career Technical Education Center (CTEC)