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Now playing at our high school Twitter account: 106 GIFs recorded during our Faces of the Winter event.

We uses the entertaining clips — produced by Managing Editor Mike Goebel and distributed by Preps Coordinator Colin Likas — to spotlight the daily achievements of area student-athletes.

“The kids really have taken to the idea and seem to have a ton of fun producing these little video clips, which is what the process is all about,” Likas said. “We’re trying to find even more ways to make these kids feel like stars while they’re in high school, and I think this

is one of the coolest ways in which we’ve been able to accomplish that.”

The plan is to record many more during Faces of the Spring in late March.

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