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Medomak Valley hosts student presentations on ‘The Media Revolution’

Dec 09, 2019

WALDOBORO — On Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the Informed Young Leaders Series concludes its fifth year of PechaKucha-style presentations by local high school students addressing vital political issues. Free and open to the public, the event takes place in the Medomak Valley High School auditorium, 320 Manktown Road.

Created to dovetail with the Camden Conference’s upcoming events under the same umbrella title, students from two Midcoast schools — Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro and Oceanside High School in Rockland — will be delivering PechaKucha-style presentations (20 slides, 20 seconds per slide) on “The Media Revolution: Changing the World."

“This is a vast subject, with so many different angles to pursue. Our students were four or five years old when the first smart phones came out, so this subject is a real eye opener for many of them, to see how much and how fast the media world has changed in just the last ten years, ” said Rich Worner, who is directing the IYL program at Medomak this year. Four students from MVHS will be presenting in two two-man teams, on the topics of "Social Media as Terrorist Tool" and "Anonymity in the Media – Obscuring the Truth."

This fall marks the first time the IYL program has been formally integrated into a classroom curriculum, with Jennifer Cross including this event as part of the overall fall curriculum for Oceanside’s Gifted and Talented program. “We have a couple of students who have presented before, and are eager to do so again. For our other students, it’s been a great learning experience, especially tailoring their study to fit the Pecha Kucha format," Cross said. “I’m looking forward to my first event with our students."

First National Bank and Eastern Tire & Auto Service are lead sponsors for this year’s program. Courier Publications/Village Soup is media sponsor for the upcoming events.

For more information, contact Nick Lapham at or check out the event’s website at

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