EHS Students Reach Final 15 of National Competition

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Published on May 17 2012 11:17 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham High School students Nick Pellman and Christy Idleman today learned that their no bullying film effort has reached the Final 15 in the National NoBull Challenge.

The film, "Dive", made its debut at the AHA Film Festival this spring and was entered into the national competition where it went up against hundreds of other entries.  EHS graduate K.L. Cleeton served as an advisor and the recent U. of I. graduate was also on hand for the announcement of the Final 15 honor at a ceremony in teacher Joe Fatheree's Multimedia classroom at the high school.

A national winner will be announced at an awards ceremony set for July in San Francisco.

Here's the full video of K.L., Nick & Christy's announcement this morning at Effingham High School.

We also interviewed Christy, Nick and K.L., as well as Paige Logan and Effingham High School teacher Joe Fatheree. That interview is below.

Pellman and Idleman both said the excitement of the competition and reaching the Final 15 is a thrill, but both also said they hope their work will lead to a lessening of bullying and the damage it can do.

Also present for the ceremony was Altamont Community High School student Paige Logan, who won a national award in the NoBull Challenge for her speech on bullying she has undergone and how to combat it.  Logan will also be in attendance for the ceremony in San Francisco, saying she'd be helping with the logistics of the event and working as a presenter.

(Pictured above: Effingham County Board Chairman Carolyn Willenburg, Michelle Loy of the Effingham County 4-H Youth Ambassadors, Taylor Coleman, Paige Logan, School Resource Officer Darren Feldkamp, Austin McCarter and Anthony Lucy of Lucy's ATA Black Belt Academy.)

Effingham County Board Chairman Carolyn Willenburg shared the proclamation that designated the county as a NoBull County, the first in Illinois.  Logan and Willenburg said efforts are now underway to see Illinois become the first NoBull state.  To that point, State Senator Kyle McCarter's son Austin was in attendance, representing his dad, who is in Springfield since the legislature is in session.  Austin McCarter said his father absolutely supports the NoBull campaign.

(Austin McCarter, son of Senator Kyle McCarter speaking with K.L. Cleeton)

(Effingham County's proclimation supporting the No Bull Challenge)

Logan said their next effort is to bring a project known as "Rachel's Challenge" to Effingham County.  The father and brothers of Rachel, one of the students killed at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999, tour the nation addressing bullying and its effects.  They note that the shooters at Columbine had reported more than 70 incidents of being bullied in the months before their killing spree.

(Nick Pellman, K.L. Cleton and Christy Idleman)