The Windward School’s Communications Office won a media award out of nearly 1,000 entries from schools around the world as part of Interactive Schools’ School Stories Awards.
Celebrating social media storytelling in schools, the School Stories Awards awarded "Best Drama Story" to the storytelling of The Windward School’s Westchester Middle School Drama Club production of The Understudy podcast. The story shares how students, led by drama chairperson Betsy Hooper, launched the six-episode The Understudy podcast amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic and how resilient Windward students adapted their talents to tell the hilariously chaotic, action-packed story of what happens when Cupid accidentally shoots himself with his own arrow and falls out of commission for the foreseeable future and an understudy is brought in.
One of the judges commented, “The Drama Club and Ms. Hooper showed great creativity in overcoming the limitations of lockdown. And what great storytelling - I was hooked from beginning to end! The students performed with great confidence, learning new skills along the way. And I love that the students who chose not to perform still had important roles to play in post-production. All around, amazing work!”
Read the award-winning story and listen to all six episodes of The Understudy podcast by going here.