The Spielbergs of suburbia

Meet the stars: Ilker Abak with students Taha Caksak and Mesut Latifoglu. Picture: Scott McNaughtonTWO Broadmeadows high school students with an eye for detail have excelled on the world stage.
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In what’s hoped to be an omen for the Australian Olympic team, Isik College year 10 students Mesut Latifoglu and Taha Caksak won silver medals for their short film at the InfoMatrix international IT competition in Bucharest, Romania, early last month.

“It’s like a dream,” Taha said.

“We were both shocked and surprised when we found out we’d come second.

“I never thought we would achieve what we did when we started brainstorming ideas three months ago.

“The whole process taught us the importance of persistence and hard work.”

After qualifying as finalists, the boys presented their six-minute film entitled What Now? among a field of more than 100 entries.

And three months of planning, filming, editing and publishing paid off as the pair received a cheque, and a representative plaque, for their film about two wayward students who invent a magic pen.

College IT teacher Ilker Abak, who accompanied the students on their Romanian trip, said their achievement followed in the footsteps of two students from the college’s all-girl campus who won gold at the competition last year.

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