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NEW YORK, September 8, 2008Live It, Give It a film by Kayla Gennrich of Milton, VT, takes home the top prize of $3,000 in The Christophers’ 21st  Annual Video Contest for College Students. In her film, Gennrich, a film major at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, calls attention to the importance of organ donation by profiling a critically ill man, who is given a new lease on life by the selfless sacrifice of a mother whose young son had just died.

“It’s always difficult choosing a winner. This year was no exception,” said Mary Ellen Robinson, Vice-President of The Christophers. “The winning videos exhibit remarkable diversity, but each, in its own way, demonstrates the Christopher belief that individuals can transform the world for the better and inspire others to do the same.”

Each year, entrants are asked to create a short film running five minutes or less – narrative or documentary – around the theme, “One Person Can Make a Difference.”

The $2000 second prize was awarded to Nicky Piszczor, Kristin Nikolaison, Shauna Oles, Amy Schillinger and Gary Debaldo – all broadcast communication majors at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA – for their jointly made Lead, Learn, Live: Ms. Vonnie’s Vision which spotlights the fruitful efforts of a woman, Yvonne “Vonnie” Clark, who runs an after-school program for inner-city children in a low-income community in Pennsylvania. Carl Canwell a mass communications major at Walla Walla University in College Place, WA, won the $1000 third prize for his narrative film, The Gospel, a parable – told entirely without dialogue – of a young man’s life-changing encounter with a stranger.

Students from colleges in New York, Wisconsin, Florida, Iowa and Pennsylvania each received Honorable Mention awards of $100.

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 make a positive difference in the world. The Christopher motto, adopted from the ancient Chinese proverb, is: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”


Winners of The Christophers’ Twenty-First Annual Video Contest for College Students



Live It, Give It, by Kayla Gennrich

Film major at

Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY)




Lead, Live, Learn: Ms. Vonnie’s Vision, by Nicky Piszczor, Kristin Nikolaison,

Shauna Oles, Amy Schillinger and Gary Debaldo

Broadcast Communication majors at

Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA)




The Gospel, by Carl Canwell

Mass Communication major at

Walla Walla University (College Place, WA)




Baglady, by Patricia Brown

Film major at

The City College of New York (New York, NY)


It Only Takes One Person, by Katie Kindinger

Motion Graphics major at

Concordia Wisconsin (Mequon, WI)


 Pet Rescue by Judy, by Andrew Dunscombe, Jerrod Cordell, Janice Pagan,

Shawn Novella and Bek Yuldashev 

Digital Media Post-Production majors at

Valencia Community College (Orlando, FL)


Gold Medal Service, by Brigitta Hebdon

Electronic Media Studies-TV major at

Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs, IA)


What One Woman Can Do, by Shayna Marti, Amy Cornicelli, Jamie Spisak,

Ashley Santarsiero and Megan Hoffman

Broadcast Communication majors at

Westminster College (New Wilmington, PA)