Edinburg Media Technology students and Business Professionals of America (BPA) members qualified for nationals in the Video Production competition.

The team of Zachary Garcia, Sterling King, Alfredo Martinez and Ricardo Zuniga will compete at the national BPA Leadership conference in Anaheim California the first week in May. The four member team placed first in district competition held at TSTC and first in the State completion held in Dallas.

This is the fourth consecutive year BPA/Edinburg Media Tech students have placed first in the district competition and the third year they have advanced to nationals.

“We’ve been working hard for this opportunity for the past two years. Making it to Nationals is a real honor for both me and my team members,” Zachary Garcia said. “We’ll do our best to make our community proud.”

The video production competition requires the students to produce and present a three to five minute video about a local hero. Their video is a documentary piece on the life of Francisco Barrientes, who is both a war hero and continues to be a hero within his community. Mr. Barrientes is the namesake for the E.C.I.S.D Campus, Barrientes Middle School.

The students selected Mr. Barrientes, Vietnam veteran and community volunteer as their hero after brainstorming several possible heroes to feature. They wanted to highlight a hero who is currently contributing to the community.

During the competition the team members present information about the production, show the video and answer questions from the judges. During the presentation segment, the students explain the development and design process, the use of technology, and explain the use and development of media elements including graphics, video, audio, etc. The judges looked for productions that were original, adhered to the required elements, and developed and portrayed the theme.

“They are headed to Disneyland, where dreams come true,” Susan Smith, Media Technology teacher said, “Let’s hope they bring another video production national championship award to Edinburg.” Edinburg won the national competition in 2007.

The media technology program is located at the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education Building. Eva Williamson-Hernandez is the Edinburg High School BPA sponsor.

Their Video Project “Local Hero- Francisco Barrientes” also placed Superior —First Division- in both the Skills USA District competition in Harlingen and State competition in Corpus Christi. They also placed first in the Texas Media Awards, awarded through the Texas Library Association. The ECISD School Board recognized the students for their accomplishments in February during Career and Technical Education Month.