First place finishes for Solanco students in unique and challenging competition

Solanco High School students, competing individually and as teams, have earned first place finishes and other distinguished recognition in the Meridian Stories competition.

Solanco High School Teacher of the Gifted Caley Roark said Meridian Stories is series of challenges designed to prepare students for the 21st century workplace through digital storytelling projects in language arts, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), and history. “Each project demands that students research deeply, think creatively and problem-solve iteratively, in order to produce short digital stories about curricular content,” Roark said. Entries are judged by a international panel of mentors, including media producers, authors, engineers, and college professors. (

Solanco had two teams win first place in their selected problem:

“The Lottery: Reimagined” asked students to create a storyboard for a reinterpretation of Shirley Jackson’s classic short story. Team members included Nicole Arrowsmith, Katelyn Jensen, Dennis Kretzing, and Taelor Martin.

“Kinematics for the Win” required teams to demonstrate through film how physics can be applied to a soccer game. Team members were Autumn Butler, Josie Janssen, Brady Janssen, and Aidan Todd.

Other Solanco students were recognized for their strong individual and team performances. Lance Workman earned very high praise for his short film “Falling Into a Whole,” an artistic autobiographical short film. Because of the personal nature of this problem, submissions weren’t ranked. A team comprised of Emma Kline, Hailey Lehman, and Andrew Craig took second place in a problem asking students to recreate Monopoly using aspects of an ancient civilization. Renee Moran, Grace Pursel, and Eric Reinhardt also competed in this problem. 

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