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Millington Broadcasting sweep category at NAACP ACT-SO

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

NAACP ACT-SO winners from MCHS Rubin Seymore and Quametra Wilborn with their instructor Marshonn Calvin.

NAACP ACT-SO winners from MCHS Rubin Seymore and Quametra Wilborn with their instructor Marshonn Calvin.

The Broadcasting Department of Millington Central High School was represented on the night of March 28 at the 2013 NAACP ACT-SO Memphis Competiton.
In the Filmmaking/Video category Millington had a clean sweep led by senior Rubin Seymore. Broadcasting teacher Marshonn Calvin said Seymore was destined to take home the first prize.
“We’re very appreciative to win first, second and third place,” he said. “It was so sweet. The kids worked really hard and this means so much for Rubin. Seeing his growth over the years and to win this means so much for his future in this industry.”
Seymore edged out classmates Quametra Wilborn and Aquito Coleman with his project More Than Journalism. In the video, Seymore conducted an interview with WMC-TV Channel 5’s lead anchor Joe Birch.
Seymore gave viewers a retrospective look at the historic news station while featuring the words of Birch.
Wilborn, who is known in Calvin’s program as an anchor and host, displayed her talents behind the camera with the short film Missing Faces. Her video brought to life the teen issue of bullying through the prospective of a high school girl.
Coming in third was Aquito Coleman with Scars, a look at the pros and cons of joining the military. Wilborn said what made the sweep more impressive was the range of topics addressed by the Millington students.
“It shows we can address a wide range of topics,” she said. “We can go beyond typical features.”
Wilborn said her film came from a dream she had last summer. And through the knowledge she gained in Calvin’s class, she knew her vision would come to life.
“I started working on it last June,” she recalled. “I got into class and got to work on the writing and arrangement.”
Wilborn was one of five Calvin pupils to be featured at the ACT-SO Awards held in Memphis at the First Baptist Church-Broad. Also joining the trio in the Filmmaking category was Jasmine Brown. And in the Poetry competition, Anderson Spearman’s work was featured.
The NAACP ACT-SO competition was a platform for area students in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Humanities and Filmmaking. For years Calvin has entered his students with several honorees including the late Jordan Brooks who was the first MCHS student to win first place at ACT-SO.
“God got His hands on this program in a major way,” Calvin concluded. “Through this class and competitions like ACT-SO so many careers have gotten started. It’s amazing. Through God and this class my students and me have become family. I’ve gotten a chance to serve as a father figure, mentor and a big brother in some cases.”

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