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Okaloosa County school kids receive video award

OKALOOSA COUNTY  --  A group of Okaloosa county middle-schoolers earned a big statewide honor.
Their video for "Celebrate Literacy Week" was chosen as this year's best.

Laura Hussey "We're in the studio of the Wildcat Information Network at Meigs Middle School. They don't have a class period, they meet after school. Don't really have any funding, and all their equipment was destroyed by lightning"   

A few challenges didn't stop these young video producers.
With equipment they scrounged and pieced together, they made a Public Service Announcement to enter in a statewide contest for celebrate literacy week.

"What's he doing? He's trying to light that rocket"   
The theme was 'Reading Accelerates Success'.
They started with a storyboard, then brought their vision to life.

"Where did he get that rocket? He built it. How'd you learn to build that rocket? I read."
This is the first year for the production group.
Shooting the video on a windy winter day was a test.

Bethany Tizsa "I was sitting there like brrr, just bear through it Bethany, and it was really cold"   

Logan Martin "Even if it's cold, windy, it pushed you down, keep on getting back up and do it again"   
They sent off their entry without high expectations.
Bethany Tizsa "All that we expected was to just do our best and if we didn't win, that's fine"
The awards were presented at the Kennedy Space Center.  This is some video they shot along the way.
When Florida First Lady Ann Scott called the Meigs team up to the stage, it was to present the first place award.  They beat out everybody in the state.
Bethany "Oh my gosh how did we do this, I can't believe it"
None of the middle schoolers have decided if video will be their career.
For now, they've learned that giving their best effort is its own reward.

Laura Hussey "I like this crew! Matter of fact, they let me sit here behind the desk, it feels pretty good back here, just saying."