Ozark’s Finley River School Video Wins National Competition

What began as a regular assignment for the business class at Ozark’s Finley River School ended with a national award for their work.

The students made a video to inform and educate the community about Finley River School, the Ozark School District’s alternative school. The video was part of the public relations portion of the business class.

“As the class made the video we realized what a reach this could have,” business and English teacher Kate Stine said in a statement. “The teachers ended up using it in a presentation at the Missouri Alternative Education Network Conference in July and were strongly encouraged to enter it in a competition at the national level.” 

The video, called “The Finley Flow”, explains how the school works to engage students. The theme throughout the video from students is “why Finley works for me.” The video was shot and edited by 2019 Finley graduate Haedon Nichols.

The video was entered in the National Alternative Education Association competition open to middle school and high school students who attend alternative education programs. The Finley video beat other finalists from Tampa, Florida; Owosso, Michigan; and Peoria, Arizona.

“I’m so proud of all of our students, past and present,” Stine said. “These students teach me daily about adversity and resilience and what it looks like to thrive in safety and security. This video is a little glimpse into our Finley River School family.” 

Here’s the nationally award winning video:

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