Jamie Garland, Hannah Davidson, and Katie Ribant win Princeton Prize

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By Art Holliday

Webster Groves, MO (KSDK) - When three Webster Groves High School seniors created a film for a class project, there was no way to know what was coming next. They won a national award called the Princeton Prize in race relations.

"When Mrs. Burchett first told us about the Princeton Prize, I was like oh, okay. I didn't realize how big it was. And then we started talking more about it and I was like this is a really big thing," said Jamie Garland.

It was the perfect class project, and not just because Garland, Hannah Davidson, and Katie Ribant got an A.

Their student film "Colorblind," a summer school assignment, took them on a journey of discovery.

"We started in Memphis and went to the Loraine Motel where Dr. King was assassinated, and that was very powerful. We met a lot of interesting people there," said Davidson.

None of the Webster Groves High School seniors had ever made a film before, but they eventually figured out that Garland could shoot and edit, Davidson learned to compose music on the computer, and Ribant was the interviewer.

The film that started as a class project led to a national award, the Princeton Prize in race relations, and an invitation to the jubilee film festival in Selma, Alabama.

"We were ecstatic because we thought this is just school project that we're doing," said Ribant.

"It was really scary for me because I'm usually not very good at public speaking and there I was showing off my work to people that I didn't know and they were civil rights leaders and they were really important people and they were looking at my student project," said Davidson.

A student project that led to national recognition, a $1,000 prize, and personal growth.



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