The 8th annual SEmmy Awards were held Tuesday night at the Seminole Campus’ Digitorium. Students of the Digital Arts and MIRA programs, as well as high school students in Pinellas County, entered their personal or group projects in categories such as video production, digital graphics, music composition, and video game design.
The event started off with a guest speaker Regina McCombs of the Poynter Institute. She shared a presentation called “Video Future.” She spoke about how working with social media is on the rise and everyone should take advantage of it.
After McCombs was finished, the first SEmmy of the night was given out for the category of Best Video Game Creation. Christopher Hendrick took the award home with his game, Star Wars: The X-Wing Wars, which seemed slightly similar to the space fighter game Galaga. He later won the Best Website Design SEmmy.
The first high school winner was Anna Tonnu of Dixie M. Hollins High School, who won the Best Internet Design category. Her site was a virtual Rubik’s Cube. The site features a Rubik’s Cube simulation and tips on how to solve it as quickly as possible.
One major star at the awards was Charlie Parker. He won the Best Camera SEmmy for his video “The Warehouse” and Best Direction in “Picture This.” At the end of the ceremony, Parker’s “The Warehouse” was awarded the title “Best in Show” and won a $500 prize.
Congrats again to all of this year’s winners! We hope to see entries from you next year.