Area Youth Win National Digital Arts Award

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August 5, 2014 — Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) named Forrest “Dusty” Rhode Portage Club member, Sanja Kirova and South Haven Club Member, Taylor Clemens national winner in its 12th Annual Digital Arts Festivals competition supported by Comcast and NBCUniversal, Sony Electronics Inc., and Cartoon Network. Kirova earned top honors for her entry in the Stop Motion Animation and Game Design in the 13-15 age group; and Clemens earned top honors for her entry in Stop Motion Animation in the 16-18 age group.

The Animation category asked Boys & Girls Club members to members create their own stop-motion animated short story depicting how one person or group of people can positively change a community. Animations could include stories about young people helping create a culture of respect, inclusion, tolerance or behaviors they would like to promote to younger generations. Kirova’s entry entitled “Give A Hand” showcased how people can help each other and the their communities; and Clemens’ entry titled “Colors” emphasized community and a sense of belonging. The Game Design Category asked Club members to create their own computer-generated game with an underlying message that is designed to standing up against bullying.

Kirova’s winning design is titled “Driving Change.”

The competition is one component of BGCA’s technology program which teaches critical technology skills to Club members ages 6-18.

“Through the Digital Arts Festivals we’re able to inspire our future photographers, designers, game developers, filmmakers and musicians,” said Ryan Smiley, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County. “It is amazing what our Club youth can do when given access to technology and allowed to express themselves creatively.”

As national winners in the teen division, Club members Kirova and Clemens along with teen winners from all six categories received an expenses-paid summer trip to Los Angeles, July 14 – 18, 2014, that included an awards gala at the Globe Theatre; career experiences with Comcast and NBCUniversal including a career panel with company executives and sessions on music in film and how to pitch movie ideas; and a private tour of Universal Studios, Warner Bros Studios and Cartoon Network Studios.

Source: Boys & Girls Club


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