A Westhampton Beach High School freshman with an eye for filmmaking shared her insights with educators at a prestigious technology conference.
Sydney Sheren, 14, was the youngest of three keynote student speakers at Suffolk ASSET's 17th Annual Technology Conference, held last month in Melville. ASSET is an acronym for Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technology.
Sheren spoke before about 800 people about the benefits of incorporating filmmaking into lessons. Westhampton Beach technology teacher Katherine Haack recommended that she address the conference.
"It was an amazing experience, unlike something I've ever had the opportunity to do," Sheren said.
Her work includes co-creating a version of "The Hunger Games" as a sixth-grader. It was shown at the Hampton Arts Cinema and raised about $700 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.
Sheren, who has attended two summer programs at New York Film Academy, recently spoke at an online global conference coordinated by Marymount School of New York in Manhattan, addressing dozens of teachers about moviemaking. She also has posted 10 short films on YouTube.
"She's outstanding and she's only in ninth grade," Westhampton Beach Principal Christopher Herr said. "I can't wait to see what's in store for her for the next three years and beyond."
Sheren also is freshman class president.