ANTIGO - Ask any teacher and they'll tell you keeping up with new technology in their classroom isn't always easy.
Thanks to a Wisconsin-based cell phone company, and voters all across the viewing area, Antigo high schoolers will get to enjoy thousands of dollars in tech upgrades.
The winners of Cellcom's Project Innovate awards were announced today...
Students assembled at Antigo High School for the unveiling of their grand prize: $30,000.
Kids and teachers alike gathered online votes by spreading the word around school and all across the community.
Now, they'll all get a say in what kinds of technology they'll choose.
"It just means revitalization of our school spirit, things to look forward to," Antigo High School library media specialist Kristy Bovre said. "It just give the kids some ownership too. They can get their proposals in and see what they want for their school, so that's really cool. They're really excited."
Antigo was one of nine schools in the Northwoods chosen to participate.
Tomahawk took second place and gets $15,000. Merrill took third and will get $5,000.
Northwoods filmmaker makes movies for the big screen
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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