District Students Win at Student Showcase of Films

District Students Win Big at Student Showcase of Films
Posted on 05/27/2021
A passion for filmmaking is paying off for three School District of Palm Beach County students who were recently named winners in several categories of The 26th Annual Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films (SSOF).

"I think the Student Showcase of Films helps young filmmakers by giving them the platform and the confidence to create whatever comes to their mind,” said Shelby Hatcher, a senior at Seminole Ridge Community High School. “I've been a finalist at the Student Showcase of Films before and I think this year is different because I've had all of the knowledge from the last four years at Seminole Ridge built up to what I think is my best work so far."

Hatcher won the coveted Burt Reynolds Scholarship for $5,000, which is the highest prize awarded at SSOF, as well as the Suzanne L. Niedland Documentary Award for $1,000 for her film entitled “Save Our Sea.”

"Plastic pollution awareness has always been a very important issue to me,” she said. “When I started this project, I never realized how far it would go."

"She's just an amazing, all-around talent for us: humble, hard working, and really smart,” said Earle Wright, the television production teacher at Seminole Ridge High.

Adam Goldstick, a senior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, won the Honorary Burt Reynolds Award for $1,000 as well as the Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Inc. Environmental PSA Award for $1,000.

“The Student Showcase of Films is a lot more than a scholarship or a recognition,” Goldstick said. “It’s a reminder that young, creative passion is recognized here.”

Another Dreyfoos senior, Milan Tangirala, received the Sara Fuller Scholarship for $1,000.

“I was at the Student Showcase of Films in eighth grade. I was watching it,” Tangirala said. “I'm sure that 13-year-old me would be very happy with who I am as a filmmaker now and would be very proud of me.”

This year’s virtual SSOF ceremony was hosted by Frank Licari, host of “On The Town in the Palm Beaches” on South Florida PBS and actor in “The Hardy Boys” on Hulu. The ceremony included special celebrity appearances by Vanilla Ice, Ice T, Billy West, Martin Kove, Anthony Anderson, Conrad Ricamora, and others.