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Ohio Students Premier Their Documentary On Katrina In Bay St. Louis

The curtain will rise on a special Katrina video documentary on Bay St. Louis this weekend. The production called "Pieces Of Paradise: Rebuilding Bay St. Louis" was produced by the video production class at Hoover High School in Canton, Ohio.

The students will premiere their production to the Bay St. Louis community this Sunday night. The 40 minute documentary begins with a look at what the Bay was like before August 29th, then takes viewers to the day Katrina roared ashore.

"We decided the North Canton community needed to see really what tragedy had happened down in Bay St. Louis. And we thought there's no better way than to put together a documentary and let the people get a feel for what the town looked like and the destruction and the tragedy and how resilient the people in Bay St. Louis really were," video co-producer Courtney Mooney said.

Mooney and Brittany Wasko Co-Produced Pieces of Paradise. They, along with several other students from Hoover High, traveled to the Bay three months ago to document the emotional stories of the residents and students at Bay High.

"Seeing the damage that we saw, we wanted to bring back their story and help our students understand what they've gone through and for them to appreciate what they have on a daily basis, because so quickly everything you have can be taken from you. And I think as a high school student, many kids take that for granted. And we want our students to understand that within an instant, everything they own can just vanish," Brittany Wasko said.

The young women also want people to understand that recovery from the storm will take a lot of time and effort. That's why Brittany and Courtney came South a week before the documentary premiere to do volunteer work. They've spent the time helping to build four Habitat homes in Slidell.

"We were unable to do volunteer work the first time, so we made a pact to come back down here and actually do some volunteer work and help, " Wasko said.

Hoover High also raised more than $14,000 for Bay High School through a series of fundraisers including sales of their DVD documentary.

You can view Pieces of Paradise on the big screen Sunday, June 25th at 7pm at the Bay-Waveland Middle School Cafeteria.

by Al Showers

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