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Frederick Teacher & Students at White House

Frederick Teacher & Students at White House

Two students and their library media specialist earned an invitation to the White House today. The New Midway-Woodsboro Elementary Social Media Club entered the first-ever White House Student Film Festival and won a spot in the festival, competing with more than 2,000 entries!

Thanks to their winning entry, called Technology Is the Future: A Paperless Present, library media specialist Stephanie Bickford is accompanying fifth graders Emily Deck and Rahni Huff to the White House Film Festival. They are Tweeting their experiences @bookford. The hashtag for the event is #WHFilmFest. The festival is also live streaming at

"Ms. Bickford and teachers Leanne Kitsko, Holly Nyack and Susan Thyden formed the Social Media Club to help our students learn about communication, cyber safety and collaboration," says Principal Giuseppe DiMonte.

"Our students did an outstanding job getting across a message I hear frequently across the county," says Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban. "They want technology resources that keep up with their pace of learning, help them collaborate and equip them for success. I am doing my best to provide students what they need to succeed when they graduate into tomorrow’s world."

In addition to the two students representing the Club at the White House, the following students participated in producing the video: Ericka Ball, Stephanie Ball, Lanie Beall, Tyler Brookshire, Kelly Brown, Ry Brunner, Kylie Diehl, Sierra Dobbs, Tara Eyler, Jaiden Hagan, Ryan Hamburg, Chelsea Holland, Sophia Pigott, Heavin Puffenbarger, Rayvin Puffenbarger, Sarah VenDouern, Rhea Whipple.

Through the contest, created just for students in kindergarten through 12th grades, finalists not only have their short films shown at the White House but also featured on the White House website, YouTube channel and social media pages.

Here’s a link to the student’s video:

More about the festival is online at .


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