Happy Mother’s Day!

Wait a second –– don’t documentaries win Oscars and Emmy’s, not Grammy’s?

Yes, but I was referring to a “Grammie” — the recognition and support a grandson receives from his grandmother for his role in a school project, a terrific grammiedocumentary on the devastating 1889 Johnstown Flood.

In truth, the participants (including my 14 year-old son) received tremendous support and encouragement from all of their (proud) families, starting with the Mom’s.

One of the sweetest parts of the competition:  the flurry of supportive text messages from classmates immediately after the final results were announced (see next).

Minnesota History Day

The school project by my son and three classmates came this close to winning their category at the state finals last History_Dayweekend, having advanced from the local and regional competitions.

Out of 50 entrants statewide, they finished 7th, good enough for “Honorable Mention” — and lots of kudos from friends and family.

Congrats all around!

That’s the four budding documentary filmmakers, at right (guess which one’s the Kaplan).

P.S.: partly to ensure that the work product is the kids’ (vs. ringers, like relatives in the movie biz), a key part of the competition is fielding judges’ questions about the collaborative process, rewards, challenges, etc.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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