Student Video Contest

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As part of the commemoration of Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month (April), the Friends of THGC have funded the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission to host a video competition open to all Texas students in grades 6-12. The theme for 2013 and 2014 was “The Upstander and the Bystander,” the goal of the contest was to help others understand the difference between being a bystander who turns away, letting others come to harm, and an upstander who acts to help others.

The 2014 Video Contest was expanded to award Gold, Silver and Bronze scholarships in two categories; grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Over 255 students participated in 2014 with a total of 27 award entries. The Friends received the following note from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.

Thank-You-St-StephensIn 2015 the contest participation increased by approximately 77% resulting from wider publication and visits to different ISD Social Studies departments. Teachers were excited that the Friends of THGC provided a student involvement program where they provide solutions to problems they observe in their everyday lives.

Commissioner Martin Fein with 1st Place - 2013 Video Contest Winners

Commissioner Martin Fein with 1st Place – 2013 Video Contest Winners

Each year, the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission conducts a video contest as part of Genocide Awareness Month, April, open to all Texas students. Submitted videos are between one to two-and-a-half minutes long and focus on year’s theme. The 2012 and 2013 theme was “The Upstander and the Bystander,” and the 2015 theme was “Creating a More Just World.”

The 2013 Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission video contest winners were EvieEngram, Liza Marhanka, and Julianne Toates from Bruce Kirsch’s class at BishopLynch High School in Dallas.

Congratulations to the winners on their wonderful video that can be found on the THGC website. The Friends thanks Fran and Mark Berg and Dr. Kelli and Martin Fein who underwrote this scholarship program.

2015 Video Contest Winners (Grades 6th – 8th)

Award Video Title School
Gold Erasing Injustice TH Rogers Middle School
Gold Untitled Dripping Springs Middle School
Silver Domestic Violence Holy Rosary Catholic School
Silver Stereo Friends TH Rogers Middle School
Silver The Injustice TH Rogers Middle School
Silver Theft Against the Elderly Holy Rosary Catholic School
Silver Unjust Abuse Holy Rosary Catholic School
Bronze Before It’s Too Late Johnston Middle School
Bronze Discrimination Against Latinos Holy Rosary Catholic School
Bronze Discrimination of Women’s Rights Holy Rosary Catholic School
Bronze Untitled Dripping Springs Middle School
Bronze Injusticia en los Estados Unidos Zan Wesley Holmes Middle School
Bronze Racial Discrimination Holy Rosary Catholic School
Bronze Racism Harmony Science Academy
Bronze Rick’s On Water Show United Day School
Bronze Stereotyping a Life Away Johnston Middle School
Bronze The Atrocity TH Rogers Middle School
Bronze The Genocide of Ethiopia North Shore Middle School
Bronze We TH Rogers Middle School
Honorable Mention Accept Me Johnston Middle School
Honorable Mention Animal Abuse Holy Rosary Catholic School
Honorable Mention Creating a Just World Las Americas Learning Center
Honorable Mention Discrimination Against African Americans Holy Rosary Catholic School
Honorable Mention Discrimination Against Women in Afghanistan Holy Rosary Catholic School
Honorable Mention Elderly Abuse Holy Rosary Catholic School
Honorable Mention Homeless Discrimination Holy Rosary Catholic School
Honorable Mention Labeling Holy Rosary Catholic School
Honorable Mention Poverty and Education TH Rogers Middle School
Honorable Mention Prejudice Holy Rosary Catholic School
Honorable Mention Sharing TH Rogers Middle School
Honorable Mention Silent TH Rogers Middle School
Honorable Mention Stereotypes Holy Rosary Catholic School
Honorable Mention The Poor Holy Rosary Catholic School
Honorable Mention Untitled Dripping Springs Middle School

 

2015 Video Contest Winners (Grades 9th – 12th)

Award Video Title School
Gold Let Your Voice Be Heard: Creating a More Just World El Paso High School
Gold Think St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
Silver 4 Reasons John Jay High School
Silver Creating a Just World El Paso High School
Silver CURES Lanier High School
Silver Human Trafficking North Shore Senior High School
Silver World Hunger Lee High School
Bronze Accepting Others John Jay High School
Bronze Child Abuse in America Lee High School
Bronze Creating a Just World Arrow Academy
Bronze Drug Cartel Problems Miller High School
Bronze Everyone Has a Choice John Jay High School
Bronze Fat4Ever Elsik High School
Bronze HEARTS John Jay High School
Bronze Help Is Out There Fort Bend County Alternative School
Bronze Reach Out El Paso High School
Bronze The Effects of Innocent People on Death Row Miller High School
Bronze Tolerance = More Than Just World Lee High School
Bronze Valerie North Shore Senior High School
Honorable Mention Be Yourself B.F. Terry High School
Honorable Mention Break the Cycle John Jay High School
Honorable Mention Create Justice Now Lee High School
Honorable Mention Creating a Just World – The Untold Story El Paso High School
Honorable Mention Don’t Be a Bystander John Jay High School
Honorable Mention Drastic Change Elsik High School
Honorable Mention Fitting in Elsik High School
Honorable Mention Helping the Homeless John Jay High School
Honorable Mention Inequality Lee High School
Honorable Mention Judgmental Elsik High School
Honorable Mention Just a Word Elsik High School
Honorable Mention Just World John Jay High School
Honorable Mention Notes with Ester Holy Trinity Catholic High School
Honorable Mention Open Your Eyes John Jay High School
Honorable Mention Over the Rainbow Unknown
Honorable Mention Puppy Mill Awareness Miller High School
Honorable Mention The Six Levels of Racial Suppression El Paso High School
Honorable Mention Stop in the Name of Love John Jay High School
Honorable Mention THGC Video Contest 2015 John Jay High School
Honorable Mention Untitled El Paso High School
Honorable Mention Untitled North Shore Senior High School
Honorable Mention Untitled John Jay High School

 

2014 Video Contest Winners (Grades 6th – 8th)

Gold Key Winners

Student(s) School ISD
Monika Nikicicz Holy Rosary Catholic School Private Rosenberg
Middle School Entry St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Private Houston

 

Silver Key Winners

Student(s) School ISD
Raffele Cardone TH Rogers Middle School Houston ISD
Naomi Sierra-Gomez
Audry Stuart, Mia Coyle
Johnston Middle School Houston ISD
Cameron Lewis
Xonzy Gaddis, Amir Bobata, Johnston
Johnston Middle School Houston ISD
Christopher Williams
Lauren Ibarra
Holy Rosary Catholic School Private Rosenberg
Rachel Lindemann Holy Rosary Catholic School Private Rosenberg

 

Bronze Key Winners

Student(s) School ISD
Garrett Holmes, Lindsey Ho TH Rogers Middle School Houston ISD
Julia Nguyen, Jennifer Xu
Hannah Gill
Holy Rosary Catholic School Private Rosenberg
Alex Ling, Andy Nguyen, TH Rogers Middle School Houston ISD
Dean Vicerra, Harbin Cheung
Julia Morrison
Holy Rosary Catholic School Private Rosenberg
Lisette Ibarra Holy Rosary Catholic School Private Rosenberg
Coley Auguillard Lamar Fleming Middle School Houston ISD
Gen Dietz Holy Rosary Catholic School Private Rosenberg
Klarissa Lopez Holy Rosary Catholic School Private Rosenberg
Juan De Dios Abboud United Day School Private Laredo
Shini Meyer Wang TH Rogers Middle School Houston ISD
Melissa Zhang, Joanna Zhou
and Muskaan Narula
Christian Soto
United Day School Private Laredo
Emma Linder Holy Rosary Catholic School Private Rosenberg

 

2014 Video Contest Winners (Grades 9th – 12th)

Gold Key Winners

Student(s) School ISD
Daniela Lopez Cinco Ranch High School Katy ISD

 

Silver Key Winners

Student(s) School ISD
Kira Conde & Renee El Paso High School El Paso ISD
Diana Lara & Denisse El Paso High School El Paso ISD
Santiesteban
Erika Garcia
Jefferson Davis High School Houston ISD

 

Bronze Key Winners

Student(s) School ISD
Taylor Malooly and Alissa Kim El Paso High School El Paso ISD
Vijay Balasekaran, Alexander Odessa High School Ector County ISD
Ha, Justin Bacani, Sunil Athyala
Mathias Rivera, Timothy
Odessa High School Ector County ISD
Watkins, Courtney Lefevers
Jennifer Cuello
Jefferson Davis High School Houston ISD
Reina Zapata High Island High School High Island ISD
Donald Cao Elsik High School Houston ISD

In 2015 the contest participation increased by approximately 77% resulting from wider publication and visits to different ISD Social Studies departments. Teachers are excited that the Friends of THGC provide a student involvement program where they provide solutions to problems they observe in their everyday lives.

The 2015 theme was “Creating a More Just World.” 450 students participated across the state. Students were able to express their ideas of what they felt could alleviate situations that exist and require radical change. The Friends awarded $7,000 for 47 gold, silver and bronze awards. The impact to students through their involvement will resonate as cause to be addressed as they progress toward adulthood.