2008 Nēnē Award Digital Arts Contest Winners

A Boy at War by Harry Mazer

4th Grade Winner
5th Grade Winners
6th Grade Winner

Dylan Feeley
Maryknoll Grade School

Chassy Anne Inouye
Shay Chow

Maryknoll Grade School
Erin Voss
Le Jardin Academy

4th Grade Honorable Mention
5th Grade Honorable Mention
6th Grade Honorable Mention
Blythe Ballesteros
Mililani Ike Elementary
Taylor Hayashi
Arianne Yago
Maryknoll Grade School
Xavier Imperial
Maryknoll Grade School


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1st place
grade 4
Maryknoll Grade School

Dylan Feeley

How I created my project:
I thought about the book and how it would be like if Japan attacked Pearl Harbor now. Then I got my idea and painted my work. Then I pressed apple shift four and wrote about how interesting the book was.

What adults helped me: Mrs. Eva Robinson

How did the adults help me:
She helped me by correcting my work and told me to improve my drawing and writing.

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Honorable Mention
grade 4
Mililani Ike Elementary

Blythe Ballesteros

I am having a lot of fun making this project. It helped me learn more about computer programs and using the computer. One thing I learned from this project is how to use a program called Adobe Photoshop CS2. I didn't just learn how to use the computer, but I also learned about World War II. The process that I used with 50% adult assistance was:

    1. Write texts
    2. Draw pictures
    3. Make storyboard
    4. Finalize graphic
    5. Scan graphic
    6. Color graphic (make slide show)
    7. Add text
    8. Add graphic
    9. Add sound/ transition
    10. Save slideshow
    11. Burn to CD

 

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1st place
grade 5
Maryknoll Grade School

Chassy Ann Inouye
Shay Chow

"Through Adam's Eyes"

This is what we did to create our digital arts slide show:

  • First we planned our storyboard, and showed it to the digital arts teacher, Mrs. Skudlarick, for approval.
  • Then we used Apple Works to draw our pictures and inserted them into PowerPoint.
  • To enhance the background of our slides and find authentic photos to use as transitions, we researched for pictures of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on the Internet. We found a site with historical pictures, which we cited at the end of our slide show.
  • Finally, we wrote a script and Mrs. Skudlarick helped us narrate it into our presentation using a microphone (voice-over).

 

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Honorable Mention
grade 5
Maryknoll Grade School

Taylor Hayashi
Arianne Yago

From the time we decided to enter and had submitted our project design, we worked on the project day and night. This is the journey we took. In the beginning, we thought it would be a cakewalk. Boy, were we mistaken!

First, we started out with a plan sheet. Then, we began to create slide #1. It was one of the most difficult slides because we got distracted from looking at other websites, the color scheme, and font choice. After that, slides #2-20 came out naturally because we were getting into the story of Adam and his experiences. Soon after that, we inserted all the pictures. Most of the images were downloaded after doing a search on the Internet. The others were scanned. We then placed the custom animation and rehearsed our timing of the slide show. It was too short. So, we had to review it again and add more time to the slides with longer texts. If we did not do that, the viewer could not finish reading the slide before it changed to the next slide.

Once the timing was in place and all the graphics were inserted, we thought we were almost done. The sound would be easy! However, we ran into a slight problem, so we tried to work it out. In doing so, we realized that our format needed fixing and so did our message. So, we decided to edit our piece once more. We worked very hard on that, but still, the sound problem was still there! That's when we panicked! We can remember that on one day, we actually spent 9 hours working on our power point presentation! We were so tired; it was beyond our bedtimes. Even though we had to cancel all our weekend plans, we did not mind. The time spent was necessary.

We barely had any help from our parents. Even if we asked them, they wouldn't help us. They said it was supposed to be student created. Besides, we felt that if we did win, our parents would have to get the credit and not us. And that would bother us. The only adults that helped us were from the Maryknoll Faculty. We really wanted to do it all on our own, but the sound issue left us no choice. Mrs. Skudlarick and Mr. Wil helped us with the final technical touches. Our moms did, however, provide the computers and transportation whenever we needed to work together.

The Nēnē project was actually quite challenging. There were times when we wanted to just give up. But, we did not want all of our hard work to just go to waste. Each of us would encourage the other when times seemed bleak. We are so thankful we pulled this through. When we look at all we have done and all that we have learned, it was really worth all our efforts (and tears).

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1st place
grade 6
Le Jardin Academy

Erin Voss

A Boy at War Video Project

 
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I went on a tour to the Arizona Memorial to get the video footage. My mom drove me from my home in Kailua and went on the tour with me. We got a few shots of the model of the USS Arizona, the plaque, and the painting of the Japanese plane from the museum while we waited for the boat to take us to the memorial. I also took some still pictures. After the tour, my mom drove me to a park she knew about that looked like it could have been where Adam found the boat. I spent an hour or so on the script then a few more hours using iMovie to put the video together. I selected all the shots and decided on the length of each segment myself. My mom helped me revise my script and gave me a suggestion on the song I used on the menu page. I then burned the disc using iDVD.

 

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Honorable Mention
grade 6
Maryknoll Grade School

Xavier Imperial

After reading A Boy at War, I thought of how Adam experienced a lot of emotions during and after the bombing at Pearl Harbor. Then I decided that it would be a fun learning experience to put his emotions into a slideshow. I decided on which emotions were mainly involved and then put each emotion on a different slide with animation. My teacher gave it to the librarian who showed it to my computer teacher. My computer teacher shared it with one of the technology people. They provided me with some comments and ideas to make it better. I changed a few words and pictures. Then, I decided that it would be better if there was music to accompany the slide show. I composed the music using the software program called garageband.

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