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The winners of this year’s IWitness Video Challenge encourage their peers to think about their ancestors’ immigration struggles. Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago won the award.
The $10,000 Challenge invites and encourages students to get active with their communities and complete an IWitness activity by submitting a brief explainer video explaining how they were inspired to make a positive difference by testimony.
It’s difficult for me to see how I can make a difference in the world as a teenager. We don’t drive, we don’t make a lot of money, and we don’t have a lot of time between school, homework, and extracurricular activities as fourteen-year-olds. I jumped at the chance when my instructor, Ms. Bengels, presented me with a challenge that was not just about bettering the world, but also about putting my passion for documentary filmmaking to use. The IWitness Video Challenge gave me the opportunity to fulfill my passion while also inspiring me to make a difference.
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The aim of this memorandum is to notify you about a video essay contest for secondary students that focuses on student group involvement. The contest is themed Ordinary People – Extraordinary Actions, in honor of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning film Schindler’s List’s 20th anniversary. The challenge, funded by the Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education at the University of Southern California, asks students to produce a video essay that connects their own voices to those in IWitness to illustrate how everyone can make a difference in the world.
On the IWitness website, middle and high school students complete the IWitness Video Challenge activity. The activity pushes them to learn more about digital and media literacy, improve critical thinking skills, and foster meaningful social change in their society and around the world. Students find ways to make a difference in their community as part of the project and produce a video essay about what they’ve done. By December 2, 2013, teachers and students will choose a winning video from each class to apply.
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Educators have until today to enter their students’ work in the 2016 IWitness Video Competition. The Challenge, now in its third year, has already attracted a record number of applicants from across North America.
The Challenge inspires students to make a positive difference in their communities by completing an IWitness activity that allows them to upload a short video describing how they were inspired to make a positive impact by testimony.
I stood at attention this morning as our select chorus sang the Star Spangled Banner. I took a moment to be thankful for growing up in a country where I have the freedom to define and redefine myself as I gazed at the flag in the middle school auditorium. I grew up thinking that I could be anybody I wanted. I, like the banner, stood erect. Thank goodness I live in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, I reasoned.
Middle school can be a difficult time. As students, we are preparing to enter high school, making new friends, attending our first dances, and, sadly, dealing with relentless bullying for all too many of us. Although some may be the perpetrators and victims, many of us are observers, and it is our responsibility to speak out against any kind of discrimination. Through Holocaust survivor testimony, I found that there are many ways to advocate for others.
Usc shoah foundation iwitness challenge announcement
Shayna Kantor, right, spent her recent eighth-grade year at Berkshire Country Day School teaching kindergarten students about the deaf culture and how to communicate using American Sign Language.
Shayna Kantor, a Lenox teen, created the short film “Are You Listening?” for a school and national competition program. She talked with a local deaf couple, Jack and Theresa Hathaway, who are pictured here, about their experiences growing up deaf in a hearing world, some of which were positive and some of which were very negative.
Shayna Kantor of Lenox, a recent Berkshire Country Day School eighth grade graduate, is a finalist in the USC Shoah Foundation’s fourth-annual IWitness Video Challenge. The competition challenges middle and high school students to produce a four-minute film that demonstrates how social change can occur in a society.
Shayna Kantor of Lenox is a third-place finalist in the USC Shoah Foundation’s fourth-annual IWitness Video Challenge to produce a film under four minutes long that demonstrates how social change can occur in a society.