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Vote Sci High! New Orleans Charter Science and Math students submit film “Returning” to Film Prize Junior

Date: April 22nd, 2021
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New Orleans Charter Science and Math “Sci High” Students Submit Short Film 
“Returning” to Film Prize Junior

New Orleans Charter Science and Math High School (Sci High) is proud to present its student-film Returning in a special premiere at the Film Prize Jr. Festival. Film Prize Junior Festival is April 15-25, and it is free to view the films and vote for your favorite at . All viewing and voting for the short films will end at 12:00am CST on Sunday, April 25.

“The film is about two black female teenagers defying the evil force that has caused a huge divide in the black community, also known as colorism,” said Returning Writer and Director Kamryn Edwards. “Two young women have been struggling with their identities as black females. They are led to believe that they are supposed to be against each other. However, when they wake up, they experience an awakening. At this point, they know that they were never meant to be apart, but to be united.”

In addition to Writer/Director Kamryn Edwards, the Sci High student film crew includes Cinematographer Da’jana Florent, Editor Nola Szilagi, and Assistant Director Keily Adams. The Sci High cast includes Raquel Florent, Joris Lindhout, Jeanique Jackson, TiAnna Murray, and Talia Karriem.

Last Year, Sci High took home the Grand Prize at Film Prize Junior 2019 for its student film Like a Ship Without a Sail. “We are so proud of our talented students in our Career and Technical Education Department and their continued success,” said Sci High CEO Dr. Monique Cola.

To participate in Film Prize Junior, teachers and students must follow a program where they learn how to create a screenplay, work together to produce the film and to promote their film to an audience. This year, Film Prize Junior had 68 short films submitted by students from 37 schools across Louisiana. Students will compete for Best Film as well as best Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi/Thriller, Stop Motion/Animation, and Documentary/PSA.

This year’s virtual festival will be one of the largest student film festivals and conferences in the country, and the festival organizers will award $10,000 in scholarships and media grants to the winning schools.

The awards ceremony will be a live Facebook event on Wednesday, April 28 at 5:00pm CST where the winning films will be announced. A full schedule of events can be found on the festival website,

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Sci High offers students cutting-edge and industry-focused STEM electives. Sci High was given the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation’s Class Nobel School of Distinction Award for its academic efforts. Students have access to Advanced Placement(AP) classes, summer internships, and robotics courses. Sci High is theonly public school in New Orleans to offer all three industry pathways ofthe Project Lead the Way courses: Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Computer Science and boasts a new Makerspace for student exploration. Sci High features small class sizes in an encouraging, respectful atmosphere in an academically rigorous public school setting. Sci High dedicates many resources to supporting the whole child, through counseling support, a health clinic, tutoring and enrichment programs, and student-centered initiatives and training. 
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