News Gallery Week May 11, 2022

Slick Rock Student Film Festival at the Fox Theatre Friday

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The 2022 Slick Rock Student Film Festival – Central California’s largest student film competition — returns to the Visalia Fox Theatre on Friday, May 13. The festival will begin at 9:00 a.m. with 200 middle and high school films screened back to back until approximately 3:30 p.m. The films being screened received a “Premiere Cut” designation and were selected for the honor from 330 films entered by students from 44 Central Valley middle schools and high schools. 

At 5:15 p.m., students who played a central role in producing Slick Rock “Premiere Cut” films will walk the red carpet into the theater. The awards ceremony will begin at 6:15 p.m. The public is welcome to attend the screenings and the awards ceremony is free.

“I encourage the public to drop by the Fox Theatre Friday to catch some of this year’s entries,” said Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Tim Hire. “In many cases, the students are producing professional-level films, learning valuable skills that will help them in careers that require creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.”  

Read more about the Slick Rock Student Film Festival in News Gallery Week.

The Migrant Voice presentation at the PlanetariumAlso in this week's News Gallery Week:

Migrant Journalism Project returns with five new editions this spring; Tulare County students do well at National History Day – California state competition; Visalia students recognized for Pursuing Victory with Honor; Around the County: Hope School District, Harmony Magnet Academy, Olive Street School, and Palm School receive state award 

Press Releases

2022 Slick Rock Press Release

Published on May 11, 2022, 17:08 PM by Unknown
Student Events

Pixley Elementary students win Squad Goal Award

At the annual Reading Revolution event, Pixley Elementary students Cassandra Leon, Walley Alamsi, Sophia Maldonado, and Cynthia Villa stepped into the room where they would be asked to perform a scene from one of the books they were assigned to read. For the competition, “Convincing Characters,” the judges explained that the students were to draw two popsicle sticks from the six laid on the table. On the underside of the sticks were the names of books from their reading list. The students were then to tell judges which of the two books they would be presenting.

Looking at their choices, one student whispered, “Worst nightmare ever.” The students huddled in a corner of the room, strategizing. After two minutes, the students were asked to begin their presentation.

It was clear to the judges that the team was struggling. About a minute into their presentation, Sophia raised her hand. “The reason they’re not saying anything is because we didn’t read that book,” she said about the chosen novel.

Judges took note of their courage to admit the truth and commended them for it. Judges also made notes on their score sheets, which were turned in to the event coordinators. For their honesty, the event coordinators gave the team the new Squad Goal Award, which was created for those who exhibited extraordinary sportsmanship.

“Our students were so proud to receive the Squad Goal Award yesterday,” said Pixley teacher Dena Deatherage. “We talked about it in the car on the ride back to school and how it's better to be honored for your character than any other type of award. They were just so happy and kept talking about how it was the best day ever.” 

Great job, students!



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