Animation Student Wins First-Place Honor

Animation Student Wins First-Place Honor
Shawnee Mission School District

A Shawnee Mission Animation Signature Program student earned a top honor at a local media festival.

Sana Soureshjani, Shawnee Mission South senior, won a first-place recognition at the eMagine Media Festival in the 3D Mechanical Model category. Soureshjani’s submission, called “Planet of Fun,” is a short three-dimensional animation featuring an arcade with a haunted atmosphere.

It was exciting to be recognized and a great learning experience to be a part of this festival, Soureshjani shared.

“It has given me much more confidence to challenge myself into doing more projects, and to compete in other festivals,” she added.

Submissions in the festival are evaluated by individuals that are in a corresponding industry or are a college instructor.  The winner of each category receives a crystal eMagine Pixel award. Student works are also displayed and recognized at the eMagine Awards event.

Bryan Johnson, animation and game design instructor, comments on the festival being a great venue for students to have their projects reviewed and judged by industry professionals.

“Win or lose the student will receive this meaningful feedback to make them better at their chosen craft,” he added.

Johnson shares that Soureshjani’s project was challenging and attributes her success to two factors: an “unquestionably strong and focused work ethic” and the fact she sets an expectation of excellence for herself.  

“She has a clear vision of what she wants her project to be and she works to attain that vision,” he added.

The eMagine Media Festival is now in its 16th  year and is the only medial festival of its kind for high school students in the Midwest with categories in graphic design, web, animation, and video.  This year, 26 schools in participated, coming from as far as St. Louis.

Click here to learn more about the district’s animation and game design Signature Program.