St. Mary's College media program wins again!Monday, March 18, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
ST. MARY'S COLLEGE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
St. Mary's College has won the Regional Yearbook Cover Design competition.
The cover will now be submitted to the Friesen's National Competition.
In 2008 we placed in the top five nationally.
In addition, last year's book was submitted to the Canadian Yearbook Review competition and had a second place finish.
This was St. Mary's College's second "Second Place" finish.
We have also had two "First Place" finishes as well.
All of this was accomplished in the last six years.
St. Mary's College was the first high school in the North to do an entirely "digital" yearbook.
Many of the editors of the yearbook have gone on the great success both at post-secondary institutions and in the workplace.
In 2006, the yearbook was #1 in Canada.
The co-editors - Jillian Wood & Stephanie MacDonald - have gone on to great success in Toronto, where they both work for the same magazine "Salon."
Jillian is the online editor and Stephanie is the designer.
The editorial team is still intact and succeeding in the professional world.
The SMC communications technology program has many successes over the years with award winners provincially and nationally in 3D animation, photography and video.
Students from the program have competed regularly in Skills Ontario competitions and two years ago, reached it's best success, with two students - Emmanuelle Chateauneuf and Christopher Rugo - winning Gold in 3D Animation at Skills Ontario and Silver at Skills Canada in Quebec City.
Three years ago, another former student - Kevin Parry, a graduate of 3D animation at Sheridan College - was invited to submit his animation at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where his film was critiqued on stage by none other than Academy Award winner Tim Burton.
There have been numerous other successes such as Tony Felguieras, who shoots video and photos for TORO online magazine and is one of the top innovators in online media in Toronto.
In 2011, SMC applied for and received one of four spots to host an Environmental Film Festival.
The festival succeeded in bringing in Bob MacDonald (CBC Quirks & Quarks and the CBC's science guy) as the keynote speaker.
Students also produced their own documentary about the Soo called Going Green which was screened at a few local ECO events.
The SMC Environmental Film Festival was rated the top high school festival in Ontario, by the Ontario Teachers' Federation.
Overall, the "communication technology" program at SMC has achieved extraordinary success and proves that local students need not fear the challenges of the outside world and that they can compete with the very best out there.
SMC won numerous SMART awards at the Innovation Centre Awards in the area of Science & Technology.
Sault Ste. Marie can be proud of it it's youth.
They are as good or better than any out there.
- Bill Howe, communication technology teacher, St. Mary's College