Students Celebrate the Arts in Statewide Video Contest
OLYMPIA, Wash. –Vashon Island High School and Oakland Bay Junior High School (Shelton) took first place in
their respective categories in the inaugural Washington State Board of Education student video contest.
The online video contest challenged students to create videos that defended the importance of arts education
in school. Videos were evaluated on multiple factors, including cinematography, creativity, and effectiveness in
showcasing student art.
"The videos demonstrated how students’ school arts experiences were enhancing their lives and the lives of
others,” said AnnRene Joseph, Program Supervisor for the Arts at the Office of Superintendent of Public
All videos were judged by the two student representatives of the Washington State Board of Education: Anna
Laura Kastama (Tacoma) and Jared Costanza (Pasco).
The contest, which started March 1, 2010, came to end on May 3, 2010. All 28 entries are available on the
State Board of Education YouTube channel for viewing. The top videos are highlighted on the State Board of
Education’s website and Facebook page.
The Washington State Board of Education will undertake a new student video contest in March of 2011.
Students fifth grade and up are eligible to compete.
Contact: Aaron Wyatt, Communications Manager
About the State Board of Education: The State Board of Education provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education. The board is comprised of 16 members: five are elected by school board directors, seven are appointed by the Governor, two serve as student representatives, and one serves as a private school representative. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is also a member.
Alissa Muller, SBE Communications Manager, (360) 725-6501