BOSTON (CBS) – A middle school student from Manchester By The Sea received quite an honor on Friday.

Alex Emerson was one of a handful of students around the country to be honored at the first White House Student Film Festival.

The White House asked students to make a film explaining why technology is so important and how it will change the educational experience for kids in the future.

The Brookwood School eighth grader was chosen out of more than 2,500 official entries and was mentiond in President Obama’s remarks.

“We’ve got Alex Emerson, who showed us how his 8th grade class at Brookwood school in Massachusetts. He changed the definition of pen pals by video chatting with students in Uganda. And one of the things they did was collaborate on was cook stoves that help families in rural areas cook safer and with cleaner energy,” President Obama said.

You can check out Emerson’s video submission here:

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