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Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!

Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things.  We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements. 


Amazing Kids! of the Month for May, 2000: 
Amazing Young Digital Artists, Tower of Youth, Sacramento, California!
 
The Tower of Youth logo 



Quote of the month:

"Our commitment is to give kids a voice, because we think the world is 
at risk, and we think kids are the solution, not the problem."
Dr. William Bronston, Founder, CEO, Tower of Youth 

This month, Amazing Kids!  is proud to feature the amazing young digital artists from the Tower of Youth in Sacramento, California.  These award-winning budding young filmmakers proved that they've got the "right stuff" to be professional filmmakers someday!  Are you ready to be inspired?
 

The offical logo for the 4th Annual TOY 
Teen Digital Reel Showcase and Awards

Have you ever dreamed of making your own movie someday?  This dream has become a reality for the hard-working teens who participatied in the 4th annual Tower of Youth Teen Digital Reel contest.

This annual contest is hosted by an amazing non-profit youth organization called the Tower of Youth or "TOY", (www.towerofyouth.org).  The organization was founded by Dr. William Bronston, as a way of empowering young people, ages 14-21, and giving them real-world experience and responsibility.

Teens in TOY can participate in several arts-oriented "development groups," including film/video, performing arts, digital graphics, radio and journalism/news service.  The teens themselves become TOY board members of their own guild, called  "Youth Broadcast and Media Association."

TOY member Jenessa Peterson, a 1998 Placer High School graduate who is now majoring in communications at Sierra College says:  "TOY is a collaboration of young people in media and the arts, forging together to find our place, to find a voice and to reshape the way that teenagers are seen in the media."
 


Digital Image from "Clown," the first place winner in the 
Teen Digital Reel Contest "Wonder of Beauty" category by amazing 
young animators George Michel and Travis Wayne Johnson

Each year, the youth board members help to produce 3 annual events, the Lenaea Theatre Festival, the All-Youth Film and Education Day, and the Teen Digital Reel Showcase and Awards. 

This year's amazing Teen Digital Reel awards event included exciting presentations by film industry professionals. Leo Chu, the Vice President of Creative Affairs for Walt Disney Feature Animations, and Roger Raderman, founder of iFilms Corporation, spoke about careers in the digital world in a presentation entitled:  "Digital Career Visions."  

Their presentations were so packed with excellent advice in how to start your own career in the digital arts, many people have been requesting a copy of the video of the presentation from TOY!  It seems that many teens today (and not only the TOY teens) are excited about one day having their own digital career!

The Amazing Digital Reel Awards

The 4th Annual "2000" TOY Award Celebration was held on Sunday, March 12, 2000 at the Davis Veteran's Memorial Auditorium in Davis, California. 

This year, the judges chose 20 winning pairs of youth who co-produced digitally made short "movies" in the following categories:

  • Commercial/PSA ("Public Service Announcement")
  • Art of Living
  • Schools 2000
  • Wonder of Beauty
  • Short Story
All entries were produced under the guidance of some amazing mentors, professionals who gave both their time and expertise to the students on the digital production teams. As part of a unique partnership between TOY and the University of California, Davis, the student teams and their high school teachers and mentors attended a series of Saturday workshops held in the Davis campus' New Media Center (NMC), where they used the center's computer equipment to complete their projects.  All projects were produced using the latest software on Power Macintosh and PC computers, and demonstrate the "cutting edge" of school digital computer graphics!

These amazing young award-winning filmmakers were recently honored at a reception given by the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California where their films were continuously displayed from April 4 - 30, 2000. 

You can watch a movie (in Windows Media Player format) of this year's TOY Teen Digital Reels Showcase and Awards event on the TOY website at:  www.towerofyouth.org.

Check it out, and who knows?  Maybe you will find yourself producing your own amazing digital film one day too!


Amazing Young Digital Artists Winners!  

 
PLACE
CO-PRODUCERS
CATEGORY
MENTORS
TITLE
SCHOOLS
1
Austin Madison
Commercial/PSA
Shawn Sullivan
Sour Sucks
Sheldon High
 
Justin Lewis
     
2
Eugene Ma
Commercial/PSA
Shawn Sullivan
 Be Creative:  Animate
Sheldon High
 
K9 Animation Team
 
 
 
 
3 -tie
 Elizabeth
Gilkison
 Commercial/PSA
Shawn Sullivan
 Fryd's Day at the Museum
Sheldon High
 
 Emily King
 
 
 
 
3 -tie
 Carolyn Stanley
 Commercial/PSA
Tom Sullivan
 Fish Story
Rio Americano
High
 
 Laila Farber
 
 
 
 
1
 Joe Lorman II
 Environment
Shawn Sullivan
 Clear Cut
Sheldon High
 
 Marc Monroe
 
 
 
 
2
 Mark Roberts
 Environment
Jim Morris
 The Earth Our Friend
C.K. 
McClatchy
High
 
 Terry Shintaku
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
 David Garibaldi
 Art of Living
Shawn Sullivan
 Escape
Sheldon High
 
 Josh Gosovich
 
 
 
 
2
 Steve Englund
 Art of Living
Wade Wolff
 Twilight of the Gods
Colfax High
 
 Russell Cusumano
 
 
 
 
3
 Anthony Reis
 Art of Living
Wade Wolff
See No Evil...
Hear No Evil 
Colfax High
 
 Matt Moore
 
 
 
 
1
 Melanie Ramos
 Schools 2000
Agrifino Edralin
Get Smart 
Florin High
 
 Deseret Favila
 
 
 
 
2
 Jessie Bennett
 Schools 2000
Wade Wolff
 Annihilation
Colfax High
 
 Leigh Dexter
 
 
 
 
3
 Parminder Jagur
 Schools 2000
Joe Symeist
 Socrates
Hiram Johnson
High
 
 Thong Dang
 
 
 
 
1
 George Michel
 Wonder of Beauty
Jim Morris
 The Clown
McClatchy
High
 
 Travis Wayne
Johnson
 
 
 
 
2
 Jonathan Palley
 Wonder of Beauty
NONE
 A Look at Infinity
Mira Loma High
 
 Michael Lester
 
 
 
 
1
 Eric Hann
 Short Story
Shawn Sullivan
 The Rim Shot
Sheldon
High
 
 K9 Animation Team
 
 
 
 
2
 Jeremiah Schiek
  Short Story
Molly Wolff
 Old Man Walking
Placer High
 
 Brandon Wautlet
 
 
 
 
3
 Shaun Conahue
  Short Story
Molly Wolff
 Impact
Placer High
 
 Chris Dann
 
 
 
 
GRAND
PRIZE
Janmeija Heir
 
Josh Landry
 The Mattress
Natomas Charter School
 
Ryan McCoy
       
 
John Ostrem
       
 
Eli Smike
       

For More Information:

Please contact William Bronston, MD at:
Tower of Youth, 3711 Dell Road, Carmichael, CA 95608
Phone: 916/922-0100
Fax 916/944-0700
Cell# 916/730-6552
e-mail: drmarat@macnexus.org
website: www.towerofyouth.org


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A Special Message from Amazing Kids! for all you kids:

It's no secret...every person has an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just waiting to be discovered.  (Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that "amazing-ness" is!) 

If you are doing some amazing things too, we want to hear about it!  Send us your stories about your amazing accomplishments, so we can tell the world just how amazing you are!  We are always looking for new stories.  And don't be shy!  We'd love to hear from you!



Here's an idea you might want to try:

WHY NOT HELP OTHERS SEE THEIR OWN POTENTIAL?

If you know someone who needs a little encouragement, why not tell them what you think is special about them?  Maybe you can be the one to help them uncover their own special talents! 

Amazing Kids! is looking for teens to be Amazing Teen Volunteers and Ambassadors. If you'd like to join Amazing Kids! in helping to spread the word, please email us at:  info@amazing-kids.org.

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD:

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Calling All Amazing Kids!  We Need Your Help!

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Send us your stories, so we might be able to feature you too someday!   Please be patient, and we will do our best to tell your story some day -- hopefully soon! 

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