The announcement of the honor was made by Adam Garber, Director of Video at White House Digital. More than 1,500 entries nationwide were received in the 2015 contest themed, “The Impact of Giving Back.” Submissions were asked to highlight the impact young people are making in the lives of others through service and giving back.
Olivia, Caroline, and Paul’s video, “Serving Those Who Served Us,” features fellow Judge Memorial senior Connor Morgan and his volunteer work at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City. Connor, who plans to study medicine in college and has a love of military history, states that “volunteering at the VA combines my two great interests.”
Following the official March 20 announcement and release of awardees, the video will be featured on WhiteHouse/gov/FilmFestival in a playlist and may be highlighted through White House social media channels. The film can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGmBZ058W1U&feature=youtu.be.
The three seniors are students in Mr. Chris Sloan’s New Media course, an advanced journalism elective in which students learn about the concept of “convergence” as it applies to the new media. The students produce creative work in writing for the web, newspaper, and publication; learning computer graphic arts, audio editing for podcasting; and digital filmmaking for television production.