Will Nelson earned first place in the Student Short category at the third annual Highway 61 Film Festival.
His entry, “Syren,” was based on a chapter from Syren, the fifth book in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage.
With his sister, Annie, and classmates Carl Hallberg and Lindsey Albrecht, Will created the project as a sixth-grade book report for Profe Kristina Kofski’s class at Lakes International Language Academy last spring.
The award was announced at a special screening and ceremony at the Pine Center for the Arts in Pine City. According to the Highway 61 Film Festival organizers, films were submitted to the competition from as far away as India and Poland, and from many cities across the United States as well as the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
“Our inquiry-based International Baccalaureate curriculum allows students to pursue different methods of demonstrating their understanding of a subject,” Assistant Director Shannon Peterson said. “We’re thrilled to see our graduates continue to explore their passions as Will has done with his film work.”
Lakes International Language Academy, an accredited IB World School, offers tuition-free Spanish or Chinese immersion programs for grades K-6 in Forest Lake.