Broadcasting Student Janesha Cade Wins 1st Place in The 2017 NAACP ACT-SO

Janesha Cade added her name to the list of MCHS winners earning first place for her short film “Unpromised Future.” 
“I feel like the pause of America is dying,” the MCHS senior said. “Every voice counts and every one should be able to speak their voice.”

Cade’s film focused on the current state of the Black Lives Matter movement. The film also included a look back at the Civil Rights Movement helping the United States advance, but now some troubling issues have challenged that progress.

Cade was a part of a Millington sweep at the 2017 Memphis Regional NAACP ACT-SO Filmmaking Competition March 23. The trio of MCHS students to outlast the competition were Cade, Gregory Harris winning second place and Shaun Dawson taking third place.

Cade’s first-place victory allows her to advance to the National Competition in Baltimore, Maryland where she will compete for the national award July 17.

The trio of Trojans were selected by the judges over students from Germantown High School, Overton High School, Olive Branch High School, Collierville High School and other schools from the Mid-South.
Millington was represented by four students including senior Justin Marshall with “Mamba Out” a tribute to NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Harris’ film “Pushed Past My Limit” focused on social media bullying and the affects on teenagers.

And the third-place film came from the mind of Dawson “Life as Barack Obama” looking back at the path 44th U.S. President Barack Obama traveled toward his historic victory in 2008.

The students are making storyboards, short films, documentaries, and news projects is some intense work but our students know how to perform under pressure bring home the win.”
Calvin noted several of his MCHS colleague were there before and during the event supporting his students. The support has grown for the program over the years as Trojan Broadcasting compiles the awards.

“I feel like the students have grown so much in the 13 years we’ve been doing this,” Calvin said. “We’ve placed in those 13 years, 11 times. I feel like the students are growing coming up with more dialogue. Our first year we were doing montages.

“Now they’re doing short films, documentary pieces and tribute projects,” he added. “That’s what you want our of a program, to see those students grow as media and journalism change. More kids are going into film.”

Former Trojan students have left a legacy of award-winning projects, Telly Award honors and Trojan TV. Now current students invest into the program looking to become music video directors, cover sports and be filmmakers. “The students are bridging the gap Edward Jones, Noah Ongay, Jordan Brooks, Rubin Seymore, Quametra Wilborn, Randall Davis and Gabe O’Neal between the old kids who won in The NAACP ACT SO such as: and where we are now,” Calvin said. 

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