Seattle World School takes first place in Washington State Board of Education competition
Ninth-grade students Xuan Tran, Vu Duong and Trung Dang, from the Seattle World School, won first place in the Washington State Board of Education’s competition that showcased student appreciation for social studies and language arts coursework.
Their animated film, "The History of Writing," won first place in the category of Creative Video. It was submitted to the Adobe Youth Voices program as part of a project that focused on young people communicating their ideas and taking a leadership role in their communities using media.
Ninth-graders from the World School worked with their multimedia, English, and history teachers to research, develop, and create this example of project-based learning.
The State Board of Education sponsored the contest to inspire students to think about how social studies and language arts impact their lives and awarded each student a generous monetary prize.
Some comments from the judges: “Very impressive. A tremendous amount of work was poured into this video. Transforming visuals kept the audience engaged. One of the best student video productions I’ve seen.”
"A History of Writing," tells how written language developed in different cultures over time. The film was shown at the Seattle International Film Festival May 17.
The Seattle World School (formerly the Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center) is Seattle’s newest high school.
With students coming from every part of the globe and every part of Seattle, it serves high school students whose home language is not English.
The building also houses the newcomer center which serves newly arrived immigrants and refugees beginning to learn English and adjust to their new lives in this country.
Both groups of students are linguistically and ethnically diverse. They all improve their English skills through content courses adjusted for their language levels in all their classes.
Click on the video below to watch "The History of Writing."