Student storytellers celebrated at 2017 ‘Ōlelo Youth XChange

27-Apr-2017

‘Ōlelo Community Media hosted the 14th annual Youth XChange student video competition celebrating the digital storytelling of Hawai‘i's children in elementary, middle and high schools. Maui High won the top acknowledgement — the Expert Award. More than 900 entries were submitted for the competition this year.

​Above: Waianae High's Searider Productions won the "Taking Assessments Seriously" category with its entry, "Those Who Don't."


The 14th annual ‘Ōlelo Youth XChange (YXC) student video competition showcased the strong perspective and creativity of K-12 students from across the Islands at a banquet that aired live today on ‘Ōlelo Community Media.

The largest student video competition of its kind netted 904 entries in 18 categories from students in elementary, middle and high school levels. Encore cablecasts of the show will air on Channel 53 on May 10 at 7 p.m., May 14 at 10 p.m., May 15 at 3 p.m., and May 21 at 8 a.m.

Spirit Awards were given to the schools at each grade span that logged the most entries and and had the most students participating — they were Kainalu Elementary (both entries and students), Niu Valley (most entries) and King Intermediate (most students), and Moanalua High (both entries and students).

Congratulations to the winners! View some scenes from the event on Facebook here.

2017 YXC category winners

ANIMATION: Digital, computer art, or animated
presentation of an issue.

  • Fern Elementary
  • Maui Waena Intermediate
  • Waipahu High

CREATING PEACE: PSA sponsored by Rotary Club of Honolulu.

  • Pearl Ridge Elementary
  • King Intermediate
  • McKinley High

FOREST HEALTH IN HAWAI‘I: PSA sponsored by
the State of Hawaii Dept. of Land & Natural
Resources, Forestry & Wildlife Division.

  • Fern Elementary
  • Ewa Makai Middle
  • Moanalua High

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: A commercial
length, informative but concise video about an issue.

  • Nanakuli Elementary
  • Ka Waihona
  • Mililani High

CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE: PSA sponsored by
Hawaiian Electric Company.

  • Kainalu Elementary
  • Ewa Makai Middle
  • Moanalua High

SHORT: A creative look at an issue using comedy,
drama, music or a cultural setting.

  • Kipapa Elementary
  • Montessori Maui
  • Kauai High

NEWS: News coverage of an issue. Submission of a
news segment or report is encouraged.

  • Lunalilo Elementary
  • Hilo Intermediate
  • Kapolei High

START LIVING HEALTHY: PSA sponsored by the
State of Hawaii Dept. of Health, Chronic Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion Division.

  • Pearl Ridge Elementary
  • Waianae Intermediate
  • Moanalua High

TAKING ASSESSMENTS SERIOUSLY: PSA sponsored
by the Hawaii DOE's Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance

  • Inouye Elementary
  • Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Waianae High

FIGHT THE BITE: PSA sponsored by State of Hawaii Dept. of Health, Public Health Preparedness Branch.

  • Waipahu Elementary
  • Niu Valley Middle
  • Damien Memorial School

MĀLAMA HONUA: PSA sponsored by the Hawaii DOE's Communications and Community Affairs Office.

  • Webling Elementary [VIEW]
  • Maui Waena Intermediate [VIEW]
  • McKinley High [VIEW]

MINI DOC: In-depth program of an event, issue, place, individual or group.

  • Maunawili Elementary
  • Hilo Intermediate
  • Sacred Hearts Academy

STORM WATER HERO: PSA sponsored by the City & County of Honolulu Department of Facility Maintenance.

  • Kainalu Elementary
  • Ewa Makai Middle
  • Waianae High

THE VALUE OF WATER: PSA sponsored by the Honolulu Board of Water Supply.

  • Pomaikai Elementary [VIEW]
  • Aliamanu Middle
  • Moanalua High

TRAFFIC SAFETY: PSA sponsored by GEICO Hawaii and State of Hawaii Dept. of Health EMS & Injury Prevention System Branch.

  • Fern Elementary
  • King Intermediate
  • Kaiser High

VOTE TO RISE: PSA sponsored by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.

  • Nanakuli Elementary
  • Ewa Makai Middle
  • Leilehua High

JUNIOR EXPERT: Youth Xchange winners who have won two or more times, students who have worked (for hire) professionally creating video, and/or students participating in or receiving help from other students in an advance video or digital media program must enter this category. For grades K-8.

  • Mid-Pacific Institute

EXPERT: Youth Xchange winners who have won two or more times, students who have worked (for hire) professionally creating video, and/or students participating in or receiving help from other students in an advance video or digital media program must enter this category. For grades 9-12.

  • Maui High

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