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Students win ‘gold’ in video production contest
Keara Haynes and Hannah Martin Borba
Keara Haynes (left) and Hannah Martin Borba won the first-place gold with their “SkillsUSA: The Challenge Starts Here” themed video submission.

Two Central Valley High School students claimed top honors in a recent eight-county video competition hosted by SkillsUSA, a career and technical student organization serving more than 390,000 students nationwide.

The team of Hannah Martin-Borba and Keara Haynes took home the first-place gold medal. It was the fourth consecutive year that a CVHS team earned gold in the Video Production category.

“The Challenge Starts Here” was the theme for the TV Video Production skills and leadership competition.

Haynes and Martin-Borba are part of CVHS’ Advanced Video Production class in the Career Technical Education (CTE) Media Arts Pathway. The competition involved producing a 60-second video showcasing how SkillsUSA is helping to solve challenges facing society today in the U.S. and worldwide. Included in their submission were a professional resume, project plan, script, and shot list.

“Keara and Hannah worked hard to make a very professional video,” noted Kari Copley, CVHS Advanced Video Production/Media Arts teacher. “Their skills and creativity earned top honors and I am so proud to have them represent Central Valley High School Media Arts.”  

As part of a robust CTE program, Ceres Unified School District commits funding for students to participate in competitions that showcase the skills developed in class. Several student teams from Central Valley and Ceres High schools participated in multiple categories in the 2023 Skills USA Region 5 competition cycle, representing criminal justice, graphic design and video production programs.

“This is an increase from prior years and really reflects the outstanding work taking place in our classrooms as students and teachers work together to identify students’ strengths and talents and channel those into marketable skills,” said Dan Pangrazio, Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services. “We’re so proud of Hannah and Keara and their work that resulted in this first-place win for the region.”

This CVHS team competed in SkillsUSA Region 5, which includes Stanislaus as well as Merced, San Joaquin, Alpine, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties.