LCSS students become infomercial gurus

Things got a bit dramatic at Lake Cowichan Secondary School, Thursday, January 13.

Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 7 Students Kristin Svendsen

Lake Cowichan Secondary School Grade 7 Students Kristin Svendsen

Things got a bit dramatic at Lake Cowichan Secondary School, Thursday, January 13.

During Grade 6 and 7 students’ noon hour, students divided into groups of three to four to compete against one another in short skits they began writing 20 minutes previous.

Each group was provided with four themes, including old cat, water pollution, and the old west, which they had to follow, as well as incorporating a party noise-maker prop.

Each skit was limited to three-minutes, and was in the style of an infomercial.

Of the seven groups to compete, two will go on to the District Challenge in Duncan, January 28.

After watching the groups complete their three-minute skits, a team of three judges decided that a group of three students, including Grade 7 students Jaclyn Roach, Kristin Svendsen, and Kristen Livingstone Hamilton, would receive first place.

The three, with Jaclyn as a sick old cat, and both Kristin and Kristen as spokespeople, promoted recycling and other environmentally-friendly activities, in their enthusiastic skit.

Runners up were Robyn Versteege, Tristian Hill, Jamie Trombley, and Heather Sharp, who are all Grade 7 students.

The group’s skit promoted their product, Western Water Filter, which they advertised to be only $5.99.

Other groups advertised products and ideas, including pollution cleansers, not allowing animals near polluted water, in addition to other environmentally-centred things.

The two winning teams will go on to District Challenge 2011, to be held at Bench Elementary School, Friday, January 28, from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. They will compete against Grade 4 to 7 students.

Down the hall, middle-year students competed in a Science Challenge.

This challenge had teams of students create a tower of bristol board, 80 pieces of spaghetti, 80 mini-marshmallows, scissors, and access to a meter stick.