Southern Vance denied cash prize in online contest

Apr. 19, 2013 @ 04:46 PM

Close, but not quite this time.

Vance County Schools, with one major statewide online voting victory under its belt, was bidding for a second in the Fox50 Lip Dub contest. Voting took place online for the Raleigh television station’s contest, which was presented by the Goodwill Community Foundation.

Southern Vance High School was among 17 finalists in an event that drew 44 participating schools. Warren Early College High School was the only other Tri-County school to enter, according to a list of entries on the television station’s website.

The contest featured a submitted video, shot in one continuous take with everyone in the video lip-syncing the words to music. No video editing was allowed.

Southern Vance had 10 students in grades 10-12 participating, dancing and lip-syncing to The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling.” The nucleus of participants were from the advanced digital media class of Elaine Webb, which works daily with audio, video, web page design, graphics, animation and production.

Webb said her students took about eight takes to produce the video.

Had it won, Southern Vance planned to fund newer, more advanced technology in the advanced digital media class.

After more than a record-setting 2 million votes were cast in the fifth-year competition, Jack Britt High School from just outside Fayetteville won the grand prize of $10,000. Second prize of $5,000 went to Smithfield-Selma High, and third place of $2,500 went to Pine Forest High of Fayetteville.

The videos can be seen online at

In February, a team from Northern Vance High won the N.C. State University Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation contest. Five high schools were deemed finalists, and online voting of more than 12,000 included more than 6,000 for the winning Northern team. The contest was designed for students to use imagination and work collaboratively to create an innovative product or tool that may benefit their classmates, neighbors or group within the community.

The Northern team invented Sirocco, a computer cleaning device.


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