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Digital Knight recognizes creative talent

May 17, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Every year, the talent gets better, and the work gets more complex and creative.

North Fort Myers High School brought out its best and brightest in the digital arts on Thursday for its seventh-annual Digital Knight Awards and Showcase in the media center.

Awards and prizes were given out for the best in TV production, photography, games and graphics, and a senior even got a $400 scholarship in an event that for the first time was run almost entirely by the students.

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North Fort Myers High School senior Kobie Morton, right, and North graduate Vince Marcucci as Morton is presented with a senior scholarship at Digital Knight at the North Fort Myers High School media center Thursday.


In the beginning, it was Jennifer Curls, Business Department head, who co-ordinated the event. In recent years, it's been the students who have slowly taken on the responsibility of putting the show on, with the teachers more as overseers.

"The Digital Knight Club is a group of 20 people who organized the event, got judges, picked the prizes and have finally taken on the responsibility of hosting an event like this," Curls said. "Before we had just a couple kids help out. The last two years, it's been run by them, which is great for the teachers because it's a lot of work."

Eric Brounson, TV production head, said the event is a celebration of the accomplishments of all the digital artists.

"The kids have invested their time and knowledge to create their work. We get more work and the quality improves every year," Brounson said. "And all of this was student driven. About the only thing the kids didn't do was judge."

The finalists got to walk the red carpet and get their picture taken with their loved ones, got to see all of the best work and then sat and waited to hear their name called. Only the top three in each category received prizes and a formal invite.

The winners in each category were:

- Best Microsoft Score: Madeline Wiser

- Animation: Hannah Geraci

- 3-D Model: Colby Christopher and Michael Thompson

- Game: Marissa Logsdon

- Graphic Design: Mackenzie Harper

- Commercial: Kobie Morton

- Music Video: Charles Dumelod

- Digital photography: Macey Steele

- Photo Manipulation: Elena Posey

- Senior Scholarship Recipient: Kobie Martin

Morton was given his scholarship by Vince Marcucci, known as the greatest graphic artist the school has ever produced, winning Emmy Awards even as he continues school at Central Florida.

"I'm amazed and happy. I've always wanted to show that I can make film and I'm honored that I can get here and win," Morton said. "I loved seeing my film win as it's my passion, but I was amazed by the scholarship."

Logsdon said there were so many great games in her field she didn't think she would win.

"I had a lot of competition and I wasn't sure I was going to place after all," Logsdon said. "It felt great to see my name as the winner."



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