NEW YORK, June 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Christophers Nominate First Winners Of Their Annual Student Competitions – 31st Annual poster contest for high school students and the 33rd annual video contest for college students.
In the poster competition, students in grades 9 to 12 were invited to create a poster that interprets the timeless theme “You Can Make a Difference”. This year’s competition attracted nearly 500 high school registrations across United States, with a wide range of media used in the submissions, from custom photographic collages to highly detailed paintings.
The first prize went to seniors Alexi-Ann Farrellhomeschooled in Rockford, Illinois. Her digital poster features photographs from various volunteer programs she has participated in over the years, highlighting her work with youth with special needs. At the center of the poster is the statement: “You can make a difference by embracing ability rather than disability”. Farrell noted that “embracing abilities rather than disabilities not only instills confidence but also helps change society’s perspective on people with special needs.”
High school Imani Victoria Torneshomeschooled in Fayetteville, Georgia, won the second prize with an entry that also realizes the importance of helping young people realize their full potential from an early age. Her poster centers on a photo of her with several young girls in her mother’s dance studio, where she also works as an instructor. The caption says: “You can make a difference by teaching children to move to the beat of their own drum.”
“Without the dance,” Tornes explained, “I wouldn’t be who I am today. I want to make a difference by teaching children that it’s okay to be authentic themselves and that dance can bring us together. . “
Third Prize Winner Cecilia Minard, an elder at Marietta High School in Marietta, Ohio, is also related to the theme of finding common ground, regardless of your external differences. Minard’s fantastic hand-painted canvas portrait depicts both sides of a woodland scene, showing a clear blue sky despite the rain. On the brighter side of the painting, a fairy holds a red and white spotted mushroom above a green toad sitting in the most shaded area of this landscape, shielding it from the rain. Above the two numbers are the words “You can make a difference, no matter how small”.
In a letter to Christophers, Cecilia explained, “My painting means that no matter how small you feel or how small your act of kindness is, it can make all the difference to someone else.”
The Christophers also announced the winners of their 33rd annual video competition for students, in which participants were invited to create a film or video that communicates the belief that one person can make a difference. This year’s competition attracted nearly 100 registrations from colleges across the United States.
Tony rossi, the communications director of Christophers, and Sarah E. Holinski, Christophers Youth Director, said: “Our winning videos this year, especially in the wake of the year-long pandemic in our country, show with great effectiveness how an idea – a person – can help to transform a community, and by extension, the world as a whole for the better. “
First Prize Winner Jillian kay, a major in audiovisual journalism at Emerson College in Boston, featured such a remarkable person in his film titled “The Hug”. Despite his culinary fame, the former famous chef Bill Bracken always felt that something important was missing in his life. About eight years ago, the idea for the non-profit Bracken’s Kitchen was born. His biggest revelation came before the pandemic, when he decided to regularly drop food off at the local Civic Center, where 500 homeless people resided. One day, as Bill was leaving, a woman named Ruby asked him if he’d like to give her a hug, and she wasn’t the only one. Many more quickly lined up behind her to hug each other, and the astonished chef hugged each person, admitting he was amazed that of all the things these people lacked and could have asked for, what they wanted. most was “a hug … to know someone cared.”
Second Prize Winner and President of The Fassett GreenSpace nonprofit, Cassandre Taurus, continues with the theme of a caring community in its video of the same name. Bull, major in environmental policy and planning at Tufts University in Medford, MA, created the Fassett Green Space in Wellsville, New York. And thanks to the generous donations of its brigade of hardworking volunteers, the Fassett Green Space project has grown considerably since its inception in 2018, a concrete reminder that “community work is … what it means to truly love where you live”.
In the third prize winning video titled “The Ellie Jean Project”, University of West Carolina Student Victor venjohn interviewed two amazing people, Brandon and Leslie Clothier of Moore County, North Carolina. Inspired by their oldest daughter, 6 Ellie Jean, who suffers from cerebral palsy among others, the Clothiers have decided to join their close-knit community to make their dream of building a park for children with special needs a reality. Even with the upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic, drapers have managed to lift $ 45,000 in 3 years for this noble enterprise, and they don’t plan on stopping there because, as Leslie noted, “we don’t let things beat our family.”
“These are truly wise words for all of us to live and remember as we work to continue to light our own candles rather than curse the dark like the founder of Christophers, the Father James keller always maintained, ‘said the Christophers’ Tony rossi.
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SOURCE Les Christophes