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West Orange Student Film Named "World's Best 10-Day Film of 2018"

(L-R) Dane Clarke II, Thomas Hughes, Juaquin Goodbar, Lourdes Korczukowski and Wendy Mapes. Credits: Cynthia Cumming

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Following their state win on April 13 for the student-produced film entitled “Deadlines,” West Orange High School (WOHS) students took home the award for "World's Best 10-Day Film of 2018” on June 10 at the 10-Day Film Challenge awards. The team also received the award for “Best Performances.”

WOHS film team members Thomas Hughes (writer and director), Lourdes Korczukowski (actor), Juaquin Goodbar (music) and Dane Clarke II (actor) as well as WOHS Acting Principles teacher Wendy Mapes were on hand at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to receive the awards.

“I had a lot of faith that we would win the ‘Best Performances’ award,” said Hughes. “My actors were absolutely fantastic, so I was completely confident that we would come home with that award, but winning ‘Best Film’ was a huge surprise for me. I was in awe when our film was announced. It was a really great feeling.”

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Clarke, who will major in acting when he attends New York University in the fall, also received scholarships totaling $3,450. He can currently seen be portraying a young LeBron James in Nike’s latest commercial.

Hughes will be majoring in film at Montclair State University next year, while Goodbar will be attending Stockton University to study biology.

To read more about “Deadlines” and to view the video, click HERE

(L-R) Dane Clarke II, Thomas Hughes, Juaquin Goodbar, Lourdes Korczukowski, and Wendy Mapes.

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