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A graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Amanda Barren delivers the keynote address at the EMPixx Awards held at the Southern Campus.

A graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Amanda Barren delivers the keynote address at the EMPixx Awards held at the Southern Campus.

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Ohio University Southern hosts 18th Annual EMPixx Awards


IRONTON, Ohio – Ohio University Southern hosted more than 200 high school students from 13 schools on April 7 for the annual EMPixx Awards. In its 18th year, the experienced-based programming and awards event gives participants a chance to hear from industry professionals in Electronic Media about key topics during a variety of workshops. 

Dr. Nicole Pennington, dean of Ohio University Southern, said, “[EMPixx] is an outlet where local high school students could showcase their talents. Students compete in sports, band and academic teams, but we wanted to recognize those students with artistic talent in video, audio and multimedia areas.” 

Associate Professor and Director of the Electronic Media Program Don Moore said that he was honored once again to highlight area high school media talent. “We saw a wide range of projects this year, from a comedic cow turned super hero to the seriousness and depth of a breast cancer story,” Moore said. “Our Best of Show winner not only shot most of his video, but edited, wrote and recorded to music for his entry – no small feat.” 

A graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, keynote speaker Amanda Barren anchors First at 5, 5:30 Edition, NewsChannel 3 Six O'Clock, and NewsChannel3 Tonight on channel WSAZ. 

Barren recounted her time as a student and her experience with one class in particular that focused on how to search the Internet. “I never stopped to think about what was going to come next. I thought the Internet was just for chat rooms,” Barren said. “Then, I get my first job and realize that I have to post my story on the Internet. As a broadcast journalism major, I didn’t think I had to worry about anyone reading any of my papers.”

Suddenly, grammar and punctuation became extremely important to Barren and she was reminded of another influential class, Precision Language. “I wish I could take that class again,” Barren said. “Lessons learned in that class are vital to my work every day.”

Barren told participants that she wanted them to remember that every day is important. “Everything is important. Every person that you talk to is important. Every moment is important—whether you think it is or not, there’s something valuable in each element of your day,” she said. 

Southern Campus 2017 EMPixx First and Second Place Winners

Animation 
First Place:
Cabell Midland High School
A Wheely of a Day
Drew Taylor, Peyton Sovine, Corton Rider

Second Place:
Lakewood High School
PAC’s Ghost Attact
Garvin McIntosh, Allen Spicer, Milly Cline

Audio Production
First Place:
South Point High School
Iconical
Osiris Kessinger

Second Place:
Fairland High School
Cloudy Day Lulliby
Jake Wheeler 

Digital Photography 
First Place:
South Point High School
Abandoned Coal Grove Public School
Jake Helton

Second Place:
Lakewood
Become It
Jess Burson

Entertainment 
First Place:
Fairland High School
All Noir
Gunnar McClung, Connor Lacroix, Brandon Bowman

Second Place:
Cabell Midland High School
Old School Dropout
Josie Pratt, Rachael Caudill, Cody Czuk, Mason Elam

Independent 
First Place:
Fairland High School
Cowbell Man, The Utter Avenger
Shane Taylor, James Gardner, Caleb Kretzer

Second Place:
Dublin Jerome High School
This Little Light of Mine
Rachel Hiller, Lauren Hiller, Ry Heath

Multimedia Print 
First Place:
Lewis County High School
Minutemen logo
Sarah Flesher

Second Place:
Fairland High School
Walk on By
Brandon Bowman

Multimedia Web 
First Place:
Ironton High School
IHS Cooking Class
Zoe Bass

Second Place:
Ironton High School
IHS German Class
Anthony Bazell

News Cast
First Place:
Chillicothe High School
CAVS News 3/9/17
Parker Tracey, Carli Frey, Hannah Barnes, Tito Garcia, Jason Adkins, Caroline Bradburne, Darian Anderson, Jakia Ray, Ryan Beardsley, Jasmine Roper, Jauhna Watson, Pat Corbin, Maggie Detty, Andrew McCallum, Trent Murray, Daniell Thompson, Merissa Segura, Scarlett Watson, Ben Spindler, Pacey Arledge, Makhi Jackson, Noah Hiles, Dylan Grubb, Ryan Kincaid, Jarrett Seebohm, Sara Harness, Jaki Cousins

Second Place:
Chillicothe High School
CAVS News 2/17/17
Ryan Kincaid, Sara Harness, Pat Corbin, Carli Frey, Andrew McCallum, Jasmine Roper, Tito Garcia, Hannah Barnes, Parker Tracey, Jason Adkins, Caroline Bradburne, Darian Anderson, Jakia Ray, Ryan Beardsley, Jauhna Watson, Maggie Detty, Parker Tracey, Trent Murray, Daniell Thompson, Merissa Segura, Scarlett Watson, Ben Spindler, Pacey Arledge, Makhi Jackson, Noah Hiles, Dylan Grubb, Jarrett Seebohm, Sara Harness, Jaki Cousins
 
News Feature/Story 
First Place:
Southeastern High School
Coffee with a Cause
Noah Hatfield, Hailee Strawser

Second Place:
Fairland High school
Suicide Prevention
Collin Marcum 

Radio Commercial 
First Place:
Chesapeake High School
Rewindenator
Alaina Collins, Mikayla Lykins

Second Place:
Chesapeake High School
The Twister Watch
Megan Godfrey, Kaetlyn Ross, Mariah Ramey

Sports News Feature 
First Place:
Southeastern High School
Pair of Panthers Score 1000 Points
Lexy Stauffer, Matthew Skeens, Hunter Adams

Second Place:
Southeastern High School
Southeastern Football Breast Cancer Awareness
Lexy Stauffer, Mandy Morris, Rachel Collins
 
Video Commercial 
First Place:
Southeastern High school
Buying Time
Larson Stauffer, Dawson Steele, Hunter Adams

Second Place:
Dublin Jerome High School
Fair Trade
Rachel Hiller

Best of Show 
South Point High School
Osiris-Vortex
Osiris Kessinger

Judges’ Choice
Fairland High School
All Noir
Gunnar McClung, Connor Lacroix, Brandon Bowman

Scholarships
Best of Show - $1,000
Osiris Kessinger

Multimedia - $750
Jake Helton

Audio Production - $750
Jake Wheeler

Video Production/Judges’ Choice - $333.00 (each)
Gunnar McClung, Connor Lacroix, Brandon Bowman