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Digital Knight taken over by students

May 3, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

Digital Knight, which has become one of the premier events at North Fort Myers High School, returns for its sixth year on Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the media center at the high school, at 5000 Orange Grove Blvd.

And, unlike in previous years, the students will run almost the entire show, from hiring the judges to determining the prizes.

Aside from the shift of responsibility, Digital Knight will pretty much be what it's always been - an event that showcases the best in the world of design, photography, gaming and production from North High students.

They also will not know they have won until the ceremony beforehand. Only the teachers will know. That's about the only job they will have said Jennifer Curls, who had helped run the event the first five years. She said the student takeover was inevitable.

"That was what the long-term goal of the event was. It's a lot of organization and preparation," Curls said. "We have a student who came to me two years ago who has pretty much become the leader of the club. He came up to me and asked if we can form a club to help organize it."

Last year, the students got more creative freedoms, such as making posters, and also gave input on how the event should be run. This year, it will be pretty much all them.

"They have done 90 percent of the work, on how the event should be run, prizes, marketing tools, and they picked the judges. It was pretty much done by the kids," Curls said. "We used to submit the work for the kids. Now, it's up to them to make sure the work is correct. It helps get them ready for the real world instead of us babying them."

Vince Marcucci is the point person. The senior, who has helped run the video production department this year, has been the driving force in putting everything together.

"It was digital media teachers, but this year Mrs. Curls came up to me and said they were looking for something more student run. I said I would love to take it up," said Marcucci, who formed a Digital Knight Club just for the event. "We get together every few weeks to talk about what categories are important and reach out to those in the digital media department to take part."

Marcucci said one of the biggest challenges was picking the prizes and judges.

"We made sure to pick awards and prizes they'll like and connect to. We know what we want, and so the students will like them, too," Marcucci said. "We have judges flying in from L.A. and Miami, just connections through teachers."

For more information on Digital Knight, go to the school's website,



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