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Warren Tech Students Win Statewide Video Contest

Partnership between Warren Tech and Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) Delivers Win/Win

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced today that students from Warren Tech High School took top honors in a statewide video contest.

The contest, sponsored by the Colorado State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program, was designed to promote literacy and reading. Teens, 13-18, individually or in teams, were invited to create a short Public Service Announcement promoting the state library’s 2013 summer reading theme "Beneath the Surface."

Twelve students from Warren Tech took up the challenge. They had one day to script, film, edit and produce a short video promoting libraries. Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) hosted the filming sessions at the Belmar Library in Lakewood. Three out of six Warren Tech teams placed in the event:
• Students Drew Hastings and Denny Richardson (Team Five) placed first.
• Nazanine Sadaqat and Brenna Leavitt (Team Three) and Anita Neimes and Austin Pfortmiller (Team Four) were named runners up.

The winning team will receive a cash award of $275, and their video will be highlighted on the Colorado State Library website.

The announcement was part of a special ceremony held at the Belmar Library to promote Colorado Literacy Week and to recognize JCPL’s role in promoting early literacy, summer reading programs and workforce readiness throughout Jefferson County.

We’re here to celebrate the power of partnership to deliver positive community outcomes,” said Garcia. “When schools, libraries and communities work together toward common goals, everyone benefits. This statewide contest spurred students to utilize 21st century skills to compete for honors in a real-world environment, and the results were truly impressive.”

“We’re very proud of our students,” said Cindy Stevenson, Jeffco Schools Superintendent. “Warren Tech offers a robust program to prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, math, A/V technology and communications, and our TV and video program is one of our most popular. We’re grateful to the Colorado State Library and JCPL for helping to facilitate this opportunity.”

Garcia also spoke about the importance of early literacy and summer reading programs in Colorado. He is a passionate advocate for literacy and a principal architect of Colorado Reads 2013: The Early Literacy Initiative.

“We have an ambitious vision,” Garcia stated. “We want all Colorado children to have the opportunity to develop a love of reading in their early years and to read proficiently by third grade. The result will transform our state – to a place boasting the highest graduation and college success rates and the most productive and engaged workforce in the nation.”

“May 6-10 is Literacy Week in Colorado, and we all play a role in achieving that vision,” he added. “When government, schools, libraries and communities work together, we further the goal of ensuring that every child in Colorado has the tools they need to succeed.”

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