Digital Media professor Michelle Brown and award winners

Five very talented Bay Area high school students captured seven CSM scholarships at the fifth annual KCSM/CSM High School Video Competition. This year’s honorees and their awards:

  • Best Story: Emily Pietro, Burlingame High School, for “Happy Birthday.”
  • Best Cinematography: Zoe Salnave, Berkeley High School, for “That’s All We Know.”
  • Best Editing: Lauren Lindberg, Monte Vista High School, for
    “Independence in Sight.”
  • Best Sound: Henry Zaballos, Bishop O’Dowd High School, for “The King.”
  • Best Music Video: Emily Pietro, Burlingame High School, for “System of a Down.”
  • Best Directing: Chance Wen, Hillsdale High School, for “The Report.”
  • Best of Show: Emily Pietro, Burlingame High School, for “Happy Birthday.”

CSM provides a $500 scholarship for each of the winning entries and $1500 for the Best of Show award. The competition was open to all high school students in the Bay Area. “It was absolutely remarkable to see the quality of this year’s entries, and how they moved the audience”, said KCSM General Manager Marilyn Lawrence.

The program was hosted by Michelle Brown, professor of digital media. Bay Area viewers will have the opportunity to watch the student productions, as part of the Youth Cinema public television series to air on KCSM this fall.

The competition and the TV series are intended to promote, and support the work of high school filmmakers, and to encourage them to pursue an education that will help them reach their career goals. The awards presentation will be televised on KCSM on September 16 at 9 pm. (Photo provided by KCSM)