Three Salmo Secondary students were in Vancouver this week to accept a prestigious digital media award. Grade 8 Music students; Bailey McNeil, Shayde Oswald, and Darius Weeden were treated to an all-expense paid trip to the coast to attend the DigiMusic 2019 Electronic Arts event to accept their award.
The contest challenged BC high school music students to combine creativity and technology and submit a sound track for a short video game or animated movie clip. This province-wide competition, funded by the B.C. Government, aims to promote the talents of dedicated music students and aspiring young composers.
Contest entries were judged by an expert panel of digital media and music industry representatives and the prize was for two professional-grade sound mixers, donated by Roland Canada Ltd., for the winning group’s school music room.
The three students met and mingled with some of B.C.’s leading representatives from the industry, The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture and had a chance to talk about their project at the event. They were also given a behind-the-scenes tour of Electronic Arts studios in Burnaby, where many world-class video games such as FIFA and Need for Speed have being created.
For Shayde Oswald, the trip also gave him his first plane-ride experience. “EA was great, but the plane ride was the coolest part!” exclaimed Shayde. Chaperone Shelby Anderson, ADST teacher at Salmo Secondary said, “The whole trip was filled with excitement and wonder!” Anderson took the students on the Skytrain and False Creek Ferry and even squeezed in a trip to Science World.
“We are very proud of our students” said Misty Terpstra, Vice-Principal of Salmo Secondary School, “and so incredibly excited for the subsequent opportunities it has given them!”
The B.C. Government recognizes the creative sector as a key contributor to the province’s diverse economy and is working towards enhancing opportunities for young people to engage career interest in the BC’s growing interactive digital media sector.
Photo Caption: From left, Salmo Digital winners includes, Shayde Oswald, Bailey McNeil and Darius Weeden. — Submitted photo