LeRoy, New York, July 21, 2020 – The DIGIES is an annual digital media conference and festival run by the School Library System, a program of the Genesee Valley BOCES. The mission of The DIGIES is to strengthen the digital media continuum between PreK-12 schools, higher education and professional institutions. The DIGIES recognizes student potential in an annual festival format and draws student entries from all throughout the region and the Upstate New York area.
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The year’s festival awards event was scheduled to be held in June at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this awards ceremony was canceled. Emilee Hillman and Andrea Fetterly, Library Technologies’ Specialists coordinate this conference. Fetterly shared that, despite the school building closures due to COVID-19, how this year’s festival drew a number of entries.
The School Library System is a program of the Genesee Valley BOCES (GV BOCES). GV BOCES operates as a Board of Cooperative Educational Services offering shared programs and services to 22 component school districts located in Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston and Steuben counties in New York state.
“We are excited to celebrate the amazing creativity and skill demonstrated by the participants in this year’s DIGIES festival. Despite a shortened in-person school year and extraordinary circumstances, students continue to achieve great success,” Fetterly said.
Below is a listing of all the event categories, age groupings, award winners and their school districts.
Congratulations to these imaginative students!
1st: Jazzy Stuff by Kathryn Arbegast – Rush-Henrietta CSD
2nd: Stargazing by Chuck Fantauzzo – Rush-Henrietta CSD
3rd: Ascending to Space by Elizabeth Michalek – Rush-Henrietta CSD
1st: Rochester at Night by Bennett Antonucci – Geneseo CSD
2nd: Purple Flash by Emily Lippert – Livonia CSD
3rd: Popcorn Poem by Adriana Abbott – Livonia CSD
1st: The Stranger by Zac Hakes – Hilton CSD
2nd: Fatoma by Cornelia Adakah – Pittsford CSD
3rd: Covid-19 by Christina Brown – Batavia CSD
3rd: En Pointe by Cammi Eccleston – Hilton CSD
1st: Viking Crew by Jamison Cole – Pittsford CSD
1st: Self-Portrait by Rachel Schofield – York CSD
2nd: Strawberry in Vase by Haylie Dixon – York CSD
3rd: 5P3R psyd Self Portrait by Jasper Owen – Pittsford CSD
1st: LivCo Lifts by Tatum Smith & Danielle Trescott – Livonia CSD
1st: Catman Saves the World by David Mahar Sweet & Eli Tinelli – Geneseo CSD
2nd: Rainbow Goggles Commercial by Riley Frey – Geneseo CSD
3rd: Blue Whale by Molly Maxwell – Livonia CSD
1st: Now Read This by Leah Whittel, Hannah White, Aaron Kime, and Keegan Sheesley – Livonia CSD
2nd: The Big Mess by Christina Bohrer, McKenzie Barber, and Chloe Swift – Livonia CSD
3rd: Big Springs Museum Blacksmith by Alexander Cleere – Caledonia-Mumford CSD
1st: The Silk Road by Jonathan Popper – Pittsford CSD (Submitted by Animatus Studio)
2nd: Land Rover Series III Pickup: Desert Joyride by Zachary Heiman – Dansville CSD
3rd: Things to do in Quarantine by Matthew Covert – LeRoy CSD
1st: Doors by Jacob French – Geneseo CSD
2nd: Michi by Ashlyn Kreiss – Pittsford CSD
3rd: A Quest to Learn Part I by Devon Deuel – Dansville CSD
3rd: Quarantine Catch by Mikayla Hickey, Makenna Boyce, Kayla Yax, Adeline Kautz, Kelsey Kautz, Samantha Sawyer, Neva Saile, Emma Raines, Courtney Schum, Emily Balduf, Sydney Smith and Taylor Fletcher (Alexander Softball) – Alexander CSD