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18th Annual 'Marion County Student Media Festival' Celebrates the Best


Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, Public Relations Director

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MARION COUNTY – Students and parents alike will pack the auditorium at Marion Technical Institute Friday night, April 12, for the 18th annual Marion County Student Media Festival.  The 7PM event is free and open to the public.


The Festival, underwritten with community donations and organized by local educators, showcases the outstanding work created by video production students throughout Marion County Public Schools at all grade levels. Platinum partners this year include the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute and the Public Education Foundation of Marion County, along with presenting sponsor Cox Communications. 


This year, students submitted 315 entries from 24 different schools (14 elementary, four middle and six high).  In late March, 34 industry experts judged the entries in 12 categories and four age groups. 


Various community leaders will announce this year’s winners and present certificates and awards during Friday night’s ceremony, including four “Best of Show” prizes for grade levels K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  Best of Show honors include trophies, bragging rights and $1,000 cash prizes for schools.


Returning as festival host is Paige Beck, a mainstay in Gainesville/Ocala television for nearly three decades.  Most notably, Beck is the main co-anchor at WCJB, the ABC affiliate, for its evening and nightly newscasts.   A graduate of West Liberty University in West Virginia, she is a native of Princeton, West Virginia.  She’s known for giving back to her community through her work with various charities.  An Edward R. Murrow award winning journalist, she was voted the 2016 Gainesville Sun Top TV Personality by readers.


The 18th annual Marion County Student Media Festival airs live on the Marion Education Channel and replays every Friday and Saturday at 7PM and Sundays at 2PM throughout April.  The MEC is carried on more than a dozen local cable systems including Comcast 99 and Cox 12.  The Festival also airs live on the district’s YouTube channel (MCPSmedia).


Marion Technical Institute (MTI) is located at 1614 E. Fort King Street in Ocala. 


For more information, contact my office.

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