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Video Contest for College Students


 

THE CHRISTOPHERS ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF
TWENTY-SIXTH ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS


NEW YORK, April 1, 2014 – Leticia Smith, a Sociology and Social Work Major at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Cal., took the top prize of $2,000 in The Christophers’ Twenty-Sixth Annual Video Contest for College Students for her video entitled “The Right Way.” Against a backdrop of corresponding pictures and video montages, Smith explains how her inner-city upbringing inspired her to pursue the study of sociology. All of her philanthropic work throughout college, from volunteering at Habitat for Humanity to serving meals at homeless shelters in Arcata, has only strengthened her resolve to give more of herself to others in need.

            “It [my charity work] made me more determined to help troubled youth because I’ve known what it’s like not to have someone help you through life,” Smith concludes. “I plan on opening up an alternative house for troubled youth, where they can come and live if…they live in troubled communities where they can’t get away from the violence. And we’re going to help them graduate from high school and succeed with college, and…we’re going to make it so that they can find jobs and we help find them different things to do with life, the right way.”

            Continuing with the theme of how one person can have a powerful impact on the lives of others, second place winner Daniel Thompson’s video, “Baking a Difference,” centers on a middle-aged Oklahoma volunteer named Betty, who has established a “Birthday Cakes Made with Love” ministry at her church. Now in its third year, this ministry now produces a total of 60 to 70 cakes a year for different foster children. Every single cake is personalized with a particular foster child in mind. While Betty doesn’t personally witness the children’s reactions to the cakes after she drops them off at the Department of Human Services office in Sayre, Okla., participating in this type of work is truly its own reward for her.

Finally, Sean Day, a Digital Film and Movie Production major at The Art Institutes International-Kansas City in Lenexa, Kan., rounds out the third prize in this contest with his film called “Community of One.” This brief but powerful video portrays how people with various talents and from all different walks of life have the capacity to make a difference.

            The Christophers, a non-profit organization founded in 1945 by Maryknoll Father James Keller uses the mass media to encourage individuals to use their God-given abilities to change the world for the better. The Christopher motto, adopted from the ancient Chinese proverb, is: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

 

Winners

First Prize - Leticia Smith - “The Right Way”

 

Second Prize - Daniel Thompson -“Baking a Difference”


Third Prize - Sean Day -“Community of One”

 

 

Past Contests


Winners of the 25th Annual Christopher's Video Contest for College Students

Winners of the 24th Annual Christopher's Video Contest for College Students

Winners of the Twenty-Third Annual Video Contest announced

Watch the top three winning videos of the Twenty-Second Annual Video Contest

Winners of the Twenty-Second Annual Video Contest announced

Watch the top three winning videos of the Twenty-Second Annual Video Contest

Winners of the Twenty-First Annual Video Contest announced

Watch the top three winning videos of the Twenty-First Annual Video Contest

Winners of the Twentieth Annual Video Contest announced

Watch the top three winning videos of the Twentieth Annual Video Contest

Winners of the Nineteenth Annual Video Contest announced

Watch the top three winning videos of the Nineteenth Annual Video Contest

 

 

 

 

Video Contest for College Students


College students are invited to create a film or video (5 minutes or less in length) that best communicates the message and mission of The Christophers and its belief that one person can make a difference. Entries can express this theme in any genre or shooting style, but must be submitted as DVDs that we are able to upload onto our site or send us a link to your video.

Entrants must be enrolled in and attending undergraduate or graduate college classes, full or part time, between Sept. 1, 2013 and Dec. 16, 2013
• Deadline/Postmarked by: December 16, 2013
• Entries must interpret some variation of the theme, “One Person Can Make a Difference”.
• Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form. All forms must be signed.This form may be photocopied.
• Entries must be 5 minutes or less in length.
• Entrants who do not obtain and cannot provide written documentation of all necessary rights and permissions for music, images, video clips and any and all other non-original aspects of their entry will be disqualified.
• Entries must be submitted as DVDs that we are able to upload onto our site or send us a link to your video to the email youth@christophers.org with the Subject Heading Video Contest 2013.
• Each DVD or email (with link) must be labeled with the entrant’s name, email address, home address and telephone number,as well as the title and length of the entry.
• All entries become the property of The Christophers.Entries cannot be returned.
• Winning entrants who are U.S. citizens or residents will be required to provide their Social Security Number before cash prizes can be awarded.
Judges’decisions are final. All prizes need not be awarded.

 

Winners will receive the following cash awards:
First Prize - $2,000 Second Prize - $1,000 Third Prize - $500
Up to five Honorable Mentions - $100 each

 Click Here For Entry Form