The 2019 theme of the competition was #ExplorationIs. The theme asked students to explain what exploration means to them. All films were viewed by a panel of professionals including filmmakers, educators, Great Lakes conservationists, and maritime archaeologists. Selected films were screened in the theater of Alpena Community College (Alpena, MI) as part of the film festival.
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First place: Rogers City High School
Second Place: Alpena High School
Third Place: Stockbridge High School