North Pole High School Studentsʼ Award-Winning Video Debuts Super Bowl Sunday
A team of video production students at North Pole High School won first prize in the Energy
Efficiency High School PSA Competition – a contest sponsored by the Alaska Energy Efficiency
For the contest, NPHS students created a public service announcement (PSA) that educated the
public on ways to improve energy efficiency and conservation. The competition was open to all
Alaskan high school students and entries were judged upon creativity, technical quality,
persuasiveness, overall presentation and contest criteria. The team included Timothy Belmont
(director/camera operator), Aaron Betts (focus puller), Lucas Acker (soundtrack editor), Erika
Blanchard (gaffer), Steven Allen (key grip), Raphael Martinez (actor) and Wesley Young (actor).
As a first-prize winner, the PSA will air on statewide television on Sunday, February 5, during
the Super Bowl pre-show and during the season premiere of The Voice (which follows the Super
Bowl). The video will also be shown at various times throughout the month of February and the
student team will receive three iPad(s) and $1000 for the NPHS video production program.
“My students take their work seriously and it's great to see their efforts receive such
recognition,” said Matthew Bierer, Audio/Visual & Communication Teacher.
Students in the Digital Cinema Production class created the PSA. Digital Cinema Production is
the second year of the two-year video production program. The goal of the course is to produce
high-quality products for public viewing.
The video will be available for viewing on the School District website beginning Sunday, January 29,
2012, following its debut on statewide television (www.k12northstar.org).