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NEW YORK, April 27th, 2017 – Today, The Christophers announced the winners of their 29th Annual Video Contest for College Students in which entrants were asked to create a film or video that communicates the belief that one person can make a difference.

Katherine Watson, a sophomore at the Kendall College of Art and Design, won the top prize of $2,000 for her piece entitled “Everything Can Change.”  The video centers on the story of a musician and singer named Jean Watson, who showed a tremendous talent for playing the violin at a young age. A difficult divorce which brought on financial and spiritual struggle briefly derailed Jean from her passion. Her landlord’s emotional reaction to hearing her sing helped Jean realize that she could do so much more with her God-given gifts. Today, she has performed all over the world and even participates in a successful prison ministry through the positive influence of her music. Jean’s tale reminds us with perseverance and faith in God, truly anything is possible. 

The second place prize of $1,000 went to Rachel Jonassen Bittman, a junior at the University of Michigan, for “#AmeriCorps: You Can Make A Difference,” This video chronicles a simple but poignant tale of a young boy who had felt previously ostracized by his schoolmates. He finds an expected source of help and friendship in the AmeriCorps volunteers at his school, of which Bittman is one. This unnamed boy’s story shows how one kind word and one helping hand can make a difference in someone’s life.

Finally, Noah McNair from Polk State College earned the $500 third prize for his video “One Meal at a Time,” which emphasized the importance of donating time to a local program called Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE). This video demonstrates how recipients depend on these deliveries, not only for physical, but emotional nourishment as well. Just knowing that someone cares enough to come to your house to deliver food and chat for a few minutes can have a profound impact, on the volunteers as well as the people they are helping. McNair especially believes that in going out of your way to assist others, the person you ultimately end up most benefiting is yourself by learning to be a more compassionate, well-rounded individual


Winning videos

Katharine Watson
Title: Everything Can Change 

Rachel Jonassen Bittman

Title: AmeriCorps volunteers #MakeADifference!

Noah McNair

Title: “One Meal at a Time”



Honorable Mentions

Katherine Turner 

University of New Mexico

“Through Her Eyes”


Tristan Breanne Arquitt

Arkansas State University

"One Person Can Make A Difference"



Emily Pilacinski
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
“Good Timing”