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July 4, 2014

Students promote nylon yarn in video

It is not uncommon for Dalton High School students to hear news about textile companies, carpet production and even yarns. After all, the school is based in the Carpet Capital of the World. Many of the students have parents and family members that work in the industry.

Just before summer break, the students were surprised when they heard of a contest where they could utilize their skills in video production to promote the benefits of a nylon yarn. A Georgia-based fiber company, EnduraStran, held a contest to promote the attributes of its nylon fiber and to raise awareness of the yarn’s benefits. Melanie Patrick, the video production instructor at DHS, was approached by the company with the incentive of prize money and a community-minded challenge to involve her audio and video technology and film III class in the contest. Patrick was a producer/director at the local television station for nine years prior to her teaching career.

“Mrs. Patrick, who is also responsible for the school newspaper and yearbook, had the experience and high-tech resources available to let the kids dive into the challenge and take ownership of the project,” EnduraStran marketing director Ronnie Magee said.

“Because these were third and fourth-year students, I wanted to expose them to a real world assignment where the judging was from a corporate client and not an instructor,” Patrick said.

Before the students began they were given guidelines from the EnduraStran team and given some background on the resilient fiber.

“In the spirit of creativity, we did not mind if the fiber was called a string or a similar non-industry term, this project was more about community involvement and tapping into a valuable resource, our young people,” Magee said. “If the fiber was shown in humorous scenarios, those types of images are memorable and we actually enjoyed seeing our yarn portrayed in a lighthearted way. Yarn is not that exciting, so any help we can get is appreciated. We encourage young people to think outside the box, and applaud Mrs. Patrick for letting the kids produce their ideas independently.”

Patrick said she and the students were grateful for the opportunity and look forward to the challenge next school year.

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