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NEW YORK, April 30th, 2018 - The Christophers announced eight winners today in their Twenty-Eighth Annual Poster Contest for High School Students.      

            Every year, students – grades 9 through 12 – are invited to create a poster that visually interprets the timeless theme, “You Can Make a Difference.” This year’s contest drew over 1,000 entries from high schools all across the United States. The far-reaching impact generated by one person performing one small but heartfelt act of generosity was epitomized to great effect in this year’s contest. As always, students employed a wide range of media in their submissions, from personalized photographs to remarkable hand-drawn or painted sketches.


            The first prize of $1,000 was awarded to Alysia Templeman, a senior at Ripon Christian High School in Mandeca, CA. Alysia’s stunning hand-painted poster consists of a of a young boy and girl gazing up in awe at a recently budded tree. The tree glows a bright, almost ethereal white against the dark blue of the night sky. A small flock of white doves flutters happily around this unique new growth, completing the idyllic scene. Although two tall, leafless trees flank the young pair, it is clear the center tree holds the most significance to them because, as testified by the boy’s holding a shovel and the girl a watering can, they have both been active participants in the latter’s subsequent growth. It is a simple but poignant testament to the words printed above the landscape, boldly proclaiming, “You Can Make a Difference.”


            The second prize winning poster features a hand-drawn depiction of making a difference in action. Utilizing a series of neatly sketched boxes, Devon Marie Kuster, a senior at Tuscarora High School in Frederick, MD, offers various methods of giving back to your community (i.e. giving money to charity, volunteering in the medical profession, etc.). Interspersed between the colored boxes of this poster are two hands signing the words, “You Can Make a Difference,” echoing the same heartfelt phrase written across the poster.


            Finally, Florida senior and third place winner Imari Earley puts concrete action to the words “You Can Make a Difference” with a beautiful photo college of a recent outreach trip she made to the Dominican Republic.


            “It is easy to say that my two week trip in September 2017 to The Dominican Republic has changed my life forever,” Earley declares in a personal e-mail to The Christophers. “Outreach360 has been partnering with my school, Carrollwood Day School, for several years…Ever since freshman year, I have…been interested in doing this trip. I not only was interested in the traveling aspect, but also the fact that I was going to have the chance to teach kids English and potentially make a difference.”


            “We met at least once a week for about ten weeks in order to prepare for this trip,” Imari continued. “Upon arrival, my teachers took our electronics away which, quite frankly, was one of the best decisions made. This forced us to connect not only with the culture, but with each other. “


            “I honestly did not think I was going to get so connected with students I met,” Earley wrote in conclusion. “I felt very humbled because even though they were poor [by] American standards, they were so happy and…grateful for simple things….Now that I am thinking more about my trip, the saying ‘You can make a difference’ had nothing to do with me making a difference in their lives, but rather they making a difference in mine.”  


            This year, in addition to its three main award winners, The Christophers decided to distribute five additional honorable mentions. We offer many thanks to the applicants, who worked so hard on their artistic portrayals and the teachers who inspire them every day to “make a difference.”


            A non-profit organization founded in 1945, The Christophers uses mass media to encourage all individuals to make a positive difference in the world, as expressed in the Christopher motto: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

Honorable Mentions

  1. Hannah Cunningham-Senior-Homeschooled, from Hoschton, GA

  2. Chloe Halbert-Senior-Bainbridge High School in Bainbridge Island, WA

  3. Madison Duplechine and Emily Baudoin-Seniors-Ovey Comeaux High School in Lafayette, LA

  4. Miracle Loraine Marcelle-Senior-Lee Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, LA

 1st Prize-Alysia Templeman-Senior-
Ripon Christian High School in Ripon, CA
First Place
2nd Prize-Devon Marie Kuster-Senior-Tuscarora High School in Frederick, MD
Second Place
3rd Prize-Imari Earley-Senior-
Carrollwood Christian Day School in Tampa, FL
Third Place
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