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Article: Students Win New York Times Vocabulary Video Challenge

Students Win New York Times Vocabulary Video Challenge

A team of three talented students from the Lorain County JVS Digital Media Arts program has emerged victorious in the New York Times 11th Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Challenge. Out of over 1,200 participating students worldwide, nine videos were selected as winners, and the team from Lorain County JVS proudly claimed a spot among them.
The competition, organized by the New York Times Learning Network, invites students aged 13 to 19 to create a compelling 15-second video that teaches one of their recent 'Words of the Day.' Participants must choose a word published between specific dates, create a video no longer than 15 seconds, and include the pronunciation, definition, and part of speech of the word to help viewers understand and learn it.
Digital Media Arts students Kendel Durst (North Ridgeville), Brooke Faber (Amherst), and Isabel Taylor (Amherst) chose the word ‘bedraggled’ for their winning entry. In their video, they effectively demonstrated that ‘bedraggled’ (be•drag•gled) is an adjective meaning dirty and disheveled.
You can view their award-winning video here: Bedraggled | Vocabulary Video Contest Winner.

Greg Wing, Digital Media Arts instructor at Lorain County JVS, subscribed to the New York Times Learning Network to enhance his teaching lessons with new ideas and resources. “Dr. Lori Wilfong, PH.D., associate professor at Kent State University, has been educating the teachers at Lorain County JVS this school year about the importance of incorporating literacy lessons into every classroom and lab, so when I saw this contest, it seemed like a perfect way to allow my students to practice their video skills while learning some new words along the way.”
Wing shared his excitement for his students saying, “Having their video selected as a winner is amazing and a great boost for these students as they start college this fall!”

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