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2-23-2023 Watch the UIL Young Filmmakers 1-3A State Champion Documentary!
On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at the University of Texas' Lyndon B. Johnson Auditorium, seven of our top Digital Design / Skull Studios students had the thrill of watching one of our UIL Documentary Film Projects premiere on a theater screen to hundreds of their peers from across the state of Texas. We could hear the audience's sighs of heartfelt appreciation for our documentary, Housing the Unhoused - affirmation that hard work had produced something lasting, beautiful and important. Thrill number two was even better. The Nobelity Project founders, Christy and Turk Pipkin enter the stage to announce the winners of the Nobelity Social Impact Award. Out of 125 nominated entries, Lytle's documentary is awarded 1st place and our program receives a $1,000 gift certificate to purchase more equipment! After photos on the stage and back to our seats, thrill number three came quickly: UIL Director Paula Rodriguez announces the Conference 1-3A UIL Young Filmmakers Documentary winners. The excitement built as they named third place, then second place, and in that final moment, we all hear them say, "and the State Champion Documentary winner is...Housing the Unhoused by Lytle High School!" What a moment of joy and excitement. After a long drive home from Austin, our awesome Mayor of Lytle, Mr. Ruben Gonzalez still had one more thrill planned for our students. As we arrived back home, all were surprised by a siren-and-lights police escort through town all the way to the High School parking lot where Mayor Gonzalez could be seen in the dark waving a huge black Lytle Pirate Flag. Pirate Pride! He put the icing on the cake for our big day.
We would love for you to watch Housing the Unhoused. Let us know what you think: http://bit.ly/LytleHSHousingChamp
Please watch through the credits to see ALL our students who worked on this documentary. A special thanks to the following four who went above and beyond. They showed up before school, after school, during lunch, and even on school holidays to complete this video project. They showed true dedication and earned this history-making win.
Citlali Ferreira - photographer, video editor and naturally gifted interviewer
Sarah Ytuarte - videographer, audio engineer and video editor
Elias - videographer and editor
Jose Gomez - videographer, music producer and audio editor
A special thank you to Skull Studios sponsor, Mr. Andrew Oser, who coached this production team well and made all the arrangements for transportation, food and logistics to help our students be successful.
Finally, thank you to Lytle Superintendent Michelle Smith who has always been Skull Studio's biggest fan. Her support has paved the way for this program's success. With hundreds of films to compete against each year, we now have 7 film projects make it to the TOP SIX in the state since the UIL competition's inception in 2014. Our lucky number 7 is our first CHAMPION!
This 2-minute video is the closest we can get to sharing the thrill of our experience winning the UIL Young Filmmakers Documentary 1-3A State Champion title. Thank you to Libby Stewart and all our Lytle leaders, faculty and support staff whose support made this thrilling trip possible. Special thanks to our Mayor Gonzalez and our Lytle Police Department who made our return home a victory parade.