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Batavia takes 4 1st-place awards at video festival

BATAVIA – Batavia High School junior Kelly VanTreeck wanted to make a video that showed how harmful bullying can be.

Along with sending a powerful message, the video also took home a first-place award in the annual Chicagoland Television Educators Council Video Festival held at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. She took home the award in the category of public service announcement.

“I never expected it at all,” VanTreeck said, in talking about the honor. “I hope it will make more people aware of their actions.
A lot of parents and classmates told me it was really good.”

In the video, a high school girl is bullied by two other girls who place a sticky note on her backpack.

She goes home, and the viewer discovers that she has received many of these sticky notes, and the viewer sees her pain.

The video is being shown on BATV as a public service announcement.

VanTreek is a video production student at the high school.

VanTreek’s honor was one of four first-place awards Batavia High School won at the festival.

Vincent Tieri took first place for his zombie movie trailer, Mitch Voellinger won the comedic narrative category, and Bryant Kintz and Mary Dyrek won the most competitive category with their music video.

In addition, Eric Karkos took second place for his documentary on Batavia’s cross country team, and Tarin Butterfield received a
third-place award for her narrative about how one student’s behavior affects the lives of many in the community.

Batavia High School was competing against 26 other schools from the region. Batavia video production students had their best year ever at the festival.

“In the 12 years we’ve competed, this is the best we’ve ever done,” said Scott Larson, Batavia High School video production teacher. “We have never received a first-place award until this year. They are really talented and dedicated students. Hopefully, we are getting
a little better with each year.”

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