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CHRISTOPHERS ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF TWENTY-THIRD ANNUAL VIDEO CONTEST FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
Watch the top three winning videos here!
NEW YORK, September 3, 2010 – Jon Duckworth, a Colorado State University student, took the top prize of $2,000 in The Christophers’ Twenty-Third Annual Video Contest for College Students for his film Changing the World: One Molecule at a Time. A profile of Jon’s twin brother Chris, the film chronicles a childhood cancer survivor who has turned his experience with illness into the inspiration to make the world a better place in as many ways as he can.
“Chris’s attitude as displayed in this film is the very definition of the Christopher message,” said Mary Ellen Robinson, vice-president of The Christophers. “Rather than wallow in anger or self-pity, he’s taken the tough hand life dealt him and turned it into something remarkable. He’s truly lighting a candle rather than cursing the darkness.”
Lorie Anne Acio of the University of Oregon won the $1,000 second prize for Cottolengo Filipino: Children of the Providence, about an orphanage for young disabled boys in the Philippines.
Teams of student filmmakers from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, took home the $500 third prize and two $100 honorable mentions; students from three other schools also received honorable mentions.
The annual competition asks entrants to create short films of five minutes or less to convey The Christophers’ message that one person can make a difference. Winning films can be viewed at http://www.christophers.org/videocontest or http://www.youtube.com/thechristophers.
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.”
[A list of winners follows.]
Winners of The Christophers’ Twenty-Third Annual Video Contest for College Students
Changing the World: One Molecule at a Time, by Jon DuckworthBusiness and Marketing major atColorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)
Cottolengo Filipino: Children of the Providence,by Lorie Anne AcioJournalism major at theUniversity of Oregon (Eugene, OR)
House of Hope, by Mindy Elias, Andy Boris, Alyssa Hanna,Ashley Patterson & Andy BurlettMass Communications majors atWestminster College (New Wilmington, PA)
What a Sonny Day, by Sarah Kehr, Brett Gerthoffer, Matt Monahan,Jonathan McAfoos & Dan JoyceMass Communications majors atWestminster College (New Wilmington, PA)
Making a Difference One Animal at a Time, by Jordan Early, Jeff Czaplicki,Lee Biermeyer, DiAndra DiBacco, Sammi DiNardo & Mandy MonacoMass Communications majors atWestminster College (New Wilmington, PA)
Art for Hart’s Sake, by Watricia ShulerMFA in Film at Howard University (Washington, DC)
CHARMing our CITY, by Gabrielle HorowitzPublication Design major at theUniversity of Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
One Person: One Way, by Tom Gunnels and Alan LedfordCreative Writing and Fiction Film majors atGrand Valley State University (Allendale, MI)