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Team of teens from Post Road Library wins video competition

WEST FORSYTH — A team of Forsyth County teenagers was named state-level winners of a video competition hosted through a library summer program.

The Teen Advisory Board from the Post Road Library won the Teen Video Competition as part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

The competition, now in its fifth year, encourages teens to get involved in promoting summer reading programs at local libraries. This year’s contest focused on the slogan “Unmask” and required teens to create a short video promoting the summer reading program to their peers.

Teens from 26 states entered the competition, and winners were recently announced at the collaborative program’s annual meeting in Newport, R.I.

A selection of winning videos will be shown during a public Red Carpet Screening Party to celebrate the achievement at 6:30 p.m. May 27 in the Post Road branch.

Post Road’s “Novel Masquerade” started during a Teen Advisory Board meeting, with the group keeping a creative process flowing by developing a storyline, designing costumes, creating virtual sets with green screens and filming sequences inside the library.

“The whole creative effort, from the idea to storyboarding to filming and finally editing, took about six weeks,” said Vikki Doerr, the librarian who served as a liaison between the teens and the library during production.

Students took on every role in the production of a video, from acting and directing to operating the camera.

The winning team was comprised of:

* Rahul Gurram: director

* Julia Cleland: camera operator and editor

* Audrey Nguyen: props and costume master, set, actress

* Natalie Shorr: actress, props, set, costuming

* Summer Jefferson: actress, props, set

* Annalise Decherd: actress, props, set

* Halle Mastronardo: props, set, stagehand

* Chandler Million: actor

* Anjali Patel: actress

* Keegan Million: stagehand

“All of the video entries are short, but our teens quickly tell a story that grips the audience from the very beginning and takes them on a magical journey, from the library stacks to a grand masquerade ballroom,” said Laura Bradley, Forsyth County Public Library program manager.

“This video perfectly sums up what our summer reading program is designed to do: encourage readers of all ages to open a book and embark on a journey with the characters inside.”

During the screening party, each of the participants will be recognized in front of family, friends and anyone who wishes to attend the free event.