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DJHS Student Places in Top 10 of Synonym Cinema Competition
Ellie Curtis headshot

Ellie Curtis, ninth grade student at Dalton Junior High School, was chosen as one of the top ten entries in the Membean Synonym Cinema poster competition. Membean is a vocabulary website used in English Language Arts courses at DJHS, and they opened up this competition where students had to use synonyms to re-write titles of movies or books. 

For Ellie’s entry, she selected the film, “The Parent Trap,” which became, “The Progenitor Quagmire.” Students from across the country submitted posters, and the winners were chosen through an online vote. 

Wendy Byerts is Ellie’s English Language Arts teacher at Dalton Junior High School. She said their class uses Membean all the time, and she made this competition an option for students as extra practice if they were interested in entering. 

“They were supposed to pick any movie or show, get the poster from it, and replace the title of the movie with synonyms that were also Membean words,” Byerts said. “I made it available for my students as an option for them, if they wanted to try to create that poster.” 

Curtis said she decided to enter the competition using the poster of a movie she personally really enjoys. 

“I just picked one of my favorite movies,” Curtis said. “I have watched the 1960s version of The Parent Trap a lot, so I chose that.” 

Curtis said she decided to enter the competition because she had some extra free time on her hands, and she thought it would help her gain more practice using complex vocabulary words. 

“I thought it would be fun, but it did also help me learn some vocabulary words,” Curtis said.

To view the rest of the winners of the Membean Synonym Cinema competition, click here.  

Ellie's winning poster

Ellie's Winning Poster!