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THE CHRISTOPHERS ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF NINETEENTH
ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Watch the top three winning videos here!

NEW YORK, September 1, 2006 – Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life, a film by Logan Smalley, a Special Education major at the University of Georgia College of Education, was awarded the first prize of $3,000 in The Christophers’ Nineteenth Annual Video Contest for College Students. The film documents the cross-country trip organized by a group of young men for their friend, Darius, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair. The trip offered Darius, who had never left his home state, sights and experiences he’d never before encountered, and also served as an opportunity to educate the public about this always-fatal disorder.

“What these young men did for their friend, Darius, is really amazing and we believe in doing so they live the spirit of The Christophers, that it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness,” said Dennis Heaney, president of The Christophers, in announcing the results of this year’s film competition. “The talent, creativity and compassion of the students who enter this contest impresses us year after year.”

The Video Contest for College Students challenges entrants to interpret the Christopher belief that “One Person Can Make a Difference” in a short film of five minutes or less. In addition to earning cash awards, the winning students will have their work aired on Christopher Closeup, the weekly syndicated television series The Christophers has produced since 1952.

Benjamin Mabry, a student at Appalachian State University (NC), won the $2000 second prize for Enduring Love: When Two Become One, a touching portrait of his grandfather’s dedication to his wife, who has Alzheimer’s disease. The $1,000 third prize was awarded to Karen Urbaniak of Camden County College (NJ), for Jean Webster: A Person Who Has Made a Difference, a profile of an indomitable woman and her efforts to help the homeless in Atlantic City, NJ.

Students from Mars Hill College (NC), Duke University (NC), the University of North Dakota, Utah State University and Indiana University Northwest each received Honorable Mention awards of $100. 

The Christophers, a non-profit organization founded in 1945, uses mass media to encourage all individuals to recognize and use their unique abilities to raise the standards of public life. The Christopher motto is: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

[Editors: A list of winners follows.]

Winners of The Christophers’ Nineteenth Annual
Video Contest for College Students

 

FIRST PRIZE:

Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life, by Logan Smalley
Special Education major at
the University of Georgia College of Education

 

SECOND PRIZE:

Enduring Love: When Two Become One, by Benjamin Mabry
Communications/Broadcasting major at
Appalachian State University (NC)

 

THIRD PRIZE:

Jean Webster: A Person Who Has Made a Difference, by Karen Urbaniak
Pre-nursing  major at
Camden County College (NJ)

 

HONORABLE MENTION:

One Person Can Make a Difference, by Jenny Love Daws
Zoology major at
Mars Hill College (NC)

 

Charles Moore: I Fight with My Camera, by Daniel Love
Public Policy Studies major at
Duke University (NC)

 

Something to Smile About, by Jenna Lund
Communications major at the
University of North Dakota

 

Attitude is Everything, by Coreena Payne
Broadcast Journalism major at
Utah State University

 

Love Builds a Home, by Pat Wisniewski
Communications major at
Indiana University Northwest 

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