Damonte students win 3D animation award

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A team of three students from Damonte Ranch High School has returned from Atlanta, Georgia, where they won first prize in the nation for 3D Animation, the same animation method used in Pixar movies.

The three students—McKayl Turner, Jordan Jacobson, and Michael Caron—created a marketing video promoting a fictional school district's staff dress code. This entailed creating models, sets, and human characters in the likenesses of the staff at Damonte Ranch High School. They also had to write the story designed to meet the marketing goals of the assignment.

They submitted their entry earlier in the school year, then made a 7-minute presentation to the judges at the Future Business Leaders of America conference itself. This team won first place in the nation for its entry.

The Washoe County School District says in participating in this competition, students learned a number of skills that will serve them well in the working world, including: project management; target marketing; communication with team members and others outside the organization; ability to identify and solve problems; and the ability to present their work before a panel of judges.

(Video snippets courtesy WCSD/Damonte Ranch High School)

Photo courtesy WCSD