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Organizations Mailing Awards to Students for Virtual Celebrations

ELK GROVE, Calif. – May 22, 2020 –  Undeterred by the extended school closures, students from Franklin High School’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Academy collected awards from five national and regional organizations. The students adjusted their art studios from their classrooms to their home and continued fine-tuning projects before submitting and winning awards. Students submitted their work to organizations, including Directing Change, Access Sacramento, Breathe California – Sacramento Region, the San Francisco Film Festival and the National Academy of Television Arts & Science. Many of the scheduled in-person recognition ceremonies were either canceled or adjusted to be virtual celebrations.

Overjoyed by the number of awards that his students collected, Franklin High School’s Animation and Media Production Academy Coordinator said, “I am very proud of my students. I am always amazed by their creativity and dedication to the projects they create.”

The students that received regional and national awards are the following:




Project Name / Link


Student Filmmakers:

2020 Directing Change Award


2020 Regional – High School/Youth and Young Adult Winners – Mental Health Matters


First Place – $500 | Advancing to Statewide Round of Judging

Raymond Wang, with Michelle Escudero, Benjamin Wong and Isadora Pham

Statewide Award – 2020 Through the Lens of Culture – Mental Health Matters

“You are You” 

First Place – $1,000

Benjamin Wong, with Raymond Wang, Emily Cho and Michelle Escudero

“Mental Health and Nigerian Culture” 

Fourth Place

Ezinne Okonkwo, with Dideoluwa Ogunwale and Hannah Vecchione

Animation Short – Statewide

“Fish Bowl” 

Honorable Mention

Madelyn Collins

“Cloudy Days” 

Gabriel Berumen

“Turn Around’ 

Harmony Xiong

Access Sacramento’s High School PSA Project Awards

Live Action

“The FOG Must be Stopped” 

1st Place – $300

Paolo Garcia

“Wipes Don’t Break Down” 

2nd Place – $250

Luis Pogemiller

“We are Fortunate” 

3rd Place – $200

Haley Christiansen


“Animated Reaction” 

1st Place – $300

Adeli Burdeinii

“Pipe Man” 

2nd Place – $250

Nicoli Burdeinii


“No Wipes in the Pipes” 

Honorable Mention – $50

Katie Nguyen

“Stop the Clog” 

Aasha Walia

“Flushing Down” 

Calvin Wong

Breathe California – Sacramento Region

Breathe Youth Media Awards

“Within a Cigarette PSA”–7fGhuD4 

Youth Media Awards

Raymond Wong

San Francisco Film Festival

Nellie Wong Magic of the Movies Essay Contest

“My Response to Grab My Hand: A Letter to My Dad” – Essay

First Prize – $250

Daphne Neel

National Academy of Television Arts & Science

Animation / Graphics / Special Effects

Will Compete in National Competition

“Raymond Wang Motion Graphics / VFX Reel” 

Pillar of Excellence

Raymond Wang

Animation / Graphics / Special Effects 

“Automation & The Industry” 

Certificate of Merit

Raymond Wang, Arvinder Dhillon, Benjamin Wong

Related Links:


> Directing Change – 2020 Winners


> Winning High School Videos on Access Sacramento Support Sewer District


> The San Francisco / Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces the Recipients of the 2019-20 Regional Student Production Awards for Excellence


About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.


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