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'Teleportation Investigation of 2014'

Student video nets invite to the White House

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(From left) Caroline Proffit, Elizabeth Russell, Bill Nye "The Science Guy," Lexus Wolf and Natalie Koeritzer. The Delaware Hayes seniors created one of 16 videos selected for the White House-hosted Student Film Festival, where they met Nye and President Barack Obama.

A group of Delaware Hayes High School students last month were praised by President Barack Obama and interviewed by Bill Nye "The Science Guy" at the White House-hosted Student Film Festival.

The Exrazzlers -- Elizabeth Russell, Caroline Proffit, Lexus Wolf and Natalie Koeritzer -- are a group of 18-year-old Hayes seniors who created a music video called Teleportation Investigation of 2014 for the Student Film Festival at the White House.

There were 2,500 entries and only 16 were selected to be screened on Feb. 28. The Exrazzlers' video was one of those chosen.

White House festival organizers asked students to create a video about technology, examining why technology is so important in the classroom now and how it will affect students in the future.

The Exrazzlers chose to create a music video that showed both current technology used at Hayes and the technology they foresee in the future.

The video features the students dressed in costumes from the year 3000, where they have technology such as light ray teleports and holograms.

They come back to the year 2014 where they see technology of the day such as smart boards, iPads, laptops and cell phones.

Although they said they didn't watch any sci-fi movies to come up with ideas for their video, all of them have a passion for science and technology and are planning to pursue the sciences when they enter college in the fall.

The four said that all the other videos screened were documentaries, and theirs was the only music video.

"We thought it would be more creative to do a music video than just a documentary. And we think that's what made our video stand out," Proffit said.

Wolf said she thought it was enlightening to see how technology is being used in classrooms around the country.

"There was a student with cancer who had to be out in Pittsburgh, and so he had a robot in his classroom in Florida so that he didn't have to miss out on any of his classes," she said.

Proffit said that after she saw all the other entries, she was encouraged and honored that festival organizers chose their video.

"All the other videos were very good. Some of them were very high quality, high-definition videos. We don't have that kind of technology at our school, so it was encouraging to see that our video was still chosen because of our creativity, even though we didn't have that technology," she said.

Wolf said her classmates have been supportive of them having their video screened, even though some of them also had entries that weren't chosen.

"Our classmates all made videos, too, so they understand the work that we put into creating, editing and submitting it," she said.

The Exrazzlers plan to continue making videos for their video production class with teacher Ryan Schuey, who told the girls about the festival.

"We got some great ideas after seeing some of the other videos. We learned some new editing cuts, angles that we want to try," Russell said.

Koeritzer said she was impressed that President Obama came in directly from another meeting and took time to share with the students how he felt technology was doing in the schools and encouraged them on what he hopes to see in future classrooms.

"We were honored that he took time out of his day with everything going on recently to meet with us kids and encourage our passion," Wolf said.

Their video can be seen on YouTube, and on the White House's website, whitehouse.gov/filmfestival.

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