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SCHS students honored at board meeting

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By Lisa King

School board members were treated to student video presentations at Thursday night’s board meeting at Central Office.

Three Shelby County High School students, Michaela Stoudemire, Matthew Perry and Sarah Durham, were presented awards of recognition after the audience watched their presentations.

Shelby County High School teachers Julie Webb and Kathy Wrightson introduced the presentations, describing them as digital storytelling by the students as part of the TAG (Talented and Gifted) Program, using photos accompanied by music.

“This took them several weeks to complete and they really worked hard on them,” said Webb, a library media specialist at SCHS.

The presentations integrated music, recorded voice, photos, and personal reflection, and used a Microsoft application called PhotoStory, along with software programs like Audacity, Garage Band from Macintosh, and others.

Durham’s presentation spotlighted her sister, Emma Durham, who was a student athlete, and her uplifting story about her struggle with cancer. Durham kept re-injuring her leg, only to eventually be diagnosed with cancer. She is currently in remission. Durham mostly narrated her video, with a small portion of it with her sister speaking, whereas the second presentation, by Stoudemire, was a little different.

Stoudemire’s presentation was about her grandfather, Samuel Oldham, and she chose to let him narrate it in his own words. The video focused on her grandfather’s dedication to his family, and featured mostly family-oriented photos and occasions, such as birthdays, reunions and anniversaries. The presentation concluded with his advice for a good life: “Work hard, save your money and be kind to others.”

The third video, by Perry, featured a man he admires from his church, George Busey, an 87-year-old B-51 pilot, who still farms despite numerous health problems. Perry, like Durham, used a combination of narration and Busey telling his life story.

Busey described his entry into World War II, and the presentation showed some photos he had taken in Europe during the war.

Shelby County Schools Superintendent James Neihof and board member Sam Hinkle presented certificates of recognition to the students after the presentation.