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NEW YORK, April 30th, 2014 – The Christophers announced ten winners today in their Twenty-Fourth Annual Poster Contest for High School Students.            

            Each 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 across the United States and around the world. The importance of friendship, education and individual worth were particularly highlighted in this year’s contest. Students additionally employed a wide range of media in their submissions, including photography, computer art and drawing.

            The first prize of $1,000 was awarded to Alexandria L. Wood, a senior at McCann Technical High School in North Adams, Massachusetts. Alexandria’s entry was a personal photograph of her classmate, Brittany, who has Down Syndrome. In this picture, Brittany, clad in the green and white uniform of a cheerleader, smiles joyfully at the camera amidst a group of her peers. Wood stated in a personal note to The Christophers: “I believe some people were put on this earth to make a difference, and my classmate Brittany is definitely one of those people. She shows us that if you try, anything is possible.”

            Christian Elia, a junior at the Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, took home the second prize of $500.  Christian’s entry depicts two young boys, one black and one white, holding hands as they leave school, seemingly unaware they are even being photographed. Elia’s picture captures the purest aspect of youthful camaraderie, free from all prejudices, taking only simple pleasure in the company of the other.

              Payton Hale, a senior at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia, presents three different snapshots on her third place poster. They feature an American Sign Language (ASL) teacher showing a child how to sign three different words: help, teach, and love. This woman’s pupil is a young girl, and although her student’s face is not entirely visible, the message from all three portraits is clear—no matter the language we speak, the importance of all three of these actions/ideals cannot be underestimated. Furthermore, the more we learn, the more we can help, teach and yes, especially, love others.

          Due to the number of impressive submissions this year, The Christophers decided to distribute seven honorable mentions, two more than usual. 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.”


2014 Poster Contest Winners

First Prize - Alexandria L. Wood

Second Prize - 
Christian Elia

Third Prize - 
Payton Hale


Honorable Mentions

Thien Bui

Greenway High School

Phoenix, AZ 85053


Dakota Hess-Baker

Delaware Valley High School

Milford, PA 18337


Abby Holdsworth

Coastal Christian High School

Wilmington, NC 28409


Prakaikarn Keangsee

Firm Foundation Christian High School

Battle Ground, WA 98604


Casey Miller

Carmel High School

Carmel, IN 46032


Byron Samuel

Hallandale High School

Hallandale Beach, FL 33009


Kayla M. Sheffield

Careerline Tech. Center

Holland, MI 49429