Hudson Fourth Graders Win State ‘Class Act’ Tourism Award for Video

April 17, 2015


by Jay Hobson

Fourth grade students from Hudson’s Hills Garrison Elementary School were surprised last Wednesday to learn that their 60-second video had won grand prize in a statewide video contest promoting New Hampshire as a tourist destination.

Hills Garrison Principal Marylin Martellini said that the announcement would be made in the library because the fifth grade was taking the Common Core Assessment test and the student’s reaction could disturb them.

Representatives from the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development, Marketing Assistant Katrina Bacon and Communications Manager Kris Neilsen showed up at the school to surprise Susan Senecal’s class for its work on the Class Act Video Contest.

The class was called to the school library and under the guise of giving input for other tourism videos, where they watched a small video and gave their thoughts on it.  After commenting on the video, another video was shown in which the announcement was made by Victoria Cimino, Director of NH Travel and Tourism Development, that their video had taken first prize.

“I have some great news for you.  You guys are the grand prize winners in the Class Act video contest.  Great job and thanks for helping us showcase all the great places to see in New Hampshire,” Cimino said.

The students’ surprise was evident, as it took a couple of seconds to register that they had won, but when it sank in, the cheers went up and several students covered their mouths with their hands in surprise.

“I nearly died I was so excited,” student Alyssa Longchamp, 9, said.

Bacon and Neilsen brought cupcakes and lemonade to help the students celebrate.

Bacon said that the video will be shown at the Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism which is next month.

“We’re hoping to get more media coverage on it and it will be featured on our website and it will be up until next year,” Bacon said.

According to Neilsen, the class will receive a trip up the Mount Washington Cog Railway, one of New Hampshire’s oldest tourist attractions.

“The group will receive luxury transportation to the Cog by Premier Coach.  This is the fourth year the NH Division of Travel and Tourism has sponsored the NH Class Act Video Awards which encourages fourth grade classes to work together to create a video that answers the question, ‘Why should people come to New Hampshire and what makes it special?’  Twenty videos were submitted for this year’s awards,” Neilsen said.

Videographer on the “NH Vacation” project was Jeremy Griffus of Hills Garrison Elementary.

“We used the song from the National Lampoon Vacation movies for background and made it for New Hampshire” Griffus said.