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Millennium hosting student film festival
by Emily McCann staff writer
Students’ work will be in the spotlight tonight as Millennium High School rolls out the red carpet for its third annual film festival. The event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the school’s auditorium, 14802 W. Wigwam Blvd. in Goodyear, and costs $5 per person.
films between four and five minutes long, plus one from Western Sky Middle School, said Josh Dockell, sponsor of the film club. “We’re sort of branching out to the feeder schools and piloting it this year,” he said. “Next year we’re hoping to go to all of the other middle schools around Millennium.”
in the Agua Fria Union High School District submitted films, but they didn’t get any submissions this year, Dockell said.
It will feature nine high school student
MILLENNIUM FILM CLUB Vice President C.J. Junio designed the poster for this year’s film festival, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the school.
In the past, students from other schools
“Some of the other schools don’t have a specific film or broadcast technology class, so they don’t have the structure for creating films,” he said. Students were responsible for
everything from writing the screenplays to storyboarding and filming to editing, he said. The films range from a time traveling science fiction thriller to an “incredibly heart wrenching” silent film and from an animated horror film that’s “spooky as heck,” to a public service announcement on suicide awareness, Dockell said. They have already been submitted to some judges, who will determine three awards: the Jade Tiger for best in show,
the Silver Scissors for the best editing and the Silver Bard for the best screenwriting. A fourth award will be decided by the audience at the screening, and another, called the Emerald Grizzly, will be given out for the middle school category. “That’s what happens when you let the middle schoolers vote on the name of their award,” Dockell said. Winners will receive a trophy and small scholarships, and the middle school film makers will get a Flip camera. “Many times, the students’ work will just go home with them and then it either goes in the closet or the parents put it on the refrigerator,” Dockell said. “So the students sometimes don’t feel like their work has any lasting significance.” Millennium’s Film Club has been hosting filmmaker workshops on campus and at the middle school this year, he said. “A film has so much resonance, and
movies are such a big part of popular culture,” Dockell said. “This is a really great way for them to not only express themselves, but also to be really creative and test the limits of their productivity in making something that’s going to last.” Millennium senior Alejandra Gama, who is the Film Club president, won last
Wishing on a star
La Joya student wins state science fair because of discovery
by Emily McCann staff writer
When La Joya Community High School senior Christian Drew, 18, was doing research for this year’s state science fair, he discovered something strange about a star and its planet.
star, there might actually be something moving around the planet, too. While Drew’s still not completely sure what it is, his
Based on light patterns plotted as the planet orbits the
findings earned him first place and a trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair next month in Pittsburgh. Now he has three weeks to come up with a conclusion for his project, “The Strange Case of WASP-43b,” before attending the fair, which is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. “There’s a lot of weird things about it, so we’re
just trying to learn more,” Drew said. “It could have a potential moon or a lot of other stuff.” Drew plans to tell the judges every single possibility there is, but said at the end he’ll insist on what he thinks is the most possible.
“By then, there will be something that I’ll be so much more sure about,” he said. “I don’t want it to be just guessing.” Drew and La Joya chemistry teacher Ken Zeigler set
out to find a science fair project using a telescope and computer that are as old as Drew. First, they spent months repairing the 160-pound telescope, which now will automatically gather data every night. “We were sitting out here trying to train the errors out of the drive and teach the computer how to deal with the errors,” Zeigler said. “Now this thing will track almost
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perfectly all night.” They were initially trying to develop a model of
Jupiter-like planets that are in tight orbits around their suns, when they stumbled upon WASP-43. The low-weight star is half the mass of the sun and has a planet (WASP-43b) that is 1.9 times the mass of Jupiter and orbits around the star every 19.5 hours. After comparing it to three nearby stars, they noticed the light curves looked a little odd and inconsistent, Zeigler said.
When light curves are plotted as the planet goes across the star, it makes the star dimmer, Drew said. “It could have been material like a belt, or it could
have been a moon,” he said. “There’s still a lot more to be learned about this.”
asked them to take a look, he said. An astronomer from the Lunar and Planetary Lab used a 61-inch telescope to look at their target of interest, but didn’t detect an object.
Zeigler contacted some of his friends at NASA and
“Still, we think that the weather might have closed in on them at a critical time,” Zeigler said. “What we do know is that the star, WASP-43, is a variable star — that is to say it changes in brightness over time. Therefore, this is the first planet known to circle a variable star. “As to whether this variability might have mimicked a planet, that remains unclear. What is clear is that this is an unusual star and planet.” The international science fair will be held May 13-18. “This is an opportunity to have the best project in
the world, and it’s going to be hard to come across opportunities like that again,” Drew said. Last year’s winners from Lafayette, Calif., won $75,000 for developing a potentially more effective and less expensive cancer treatment that places tin metal near a tumor before radiation therapy.
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year’s best in show award. Her film in Friday’s festival is a stop motion picture about a mime, but it isn’t competing for any awards, she said. “I have a keen interest of watching street performers and one day I saw a European street performance online and it was of a mime and I thought it was fantastic,” Gama said.
Film making is something she plans to pursue in the future, because she’s always had an interest in various art forms, she said. “Within film I can explore everything from writing to music to drawing to animation to photography,” she said. “It’s been a fantastic experience for me, and it in a sense helped me very much in life and gave me the confidence to keep going as a filmmaker.” While the club’s vice president, junior C.J. Junio, doesn’t have a film in the festival, he designed this year’s poster. His artwork features motion pictures and is set in an apocalyptic time. “It’s the 2012 film festival, so I thought
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it would be like an apocalyptic war kind of depicting the end of the world,” he said.
View photo by Ray Thomas
CHEMISTRY TEACHER KEN ZEIGLER, left, and student Christian Drew of La Joya Community High School take a series of nine readings on the star WASP-43b for a baseline on its variations in brightness April 18. Based on light patterns plotted as a planet orbits the star, Drew discovered there might be something moving around the planet. His findings earned him first place and a trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair next month in Pittsburgh.
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