SANTA MONICA, Calif.
Jan. 17, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A panel of prominent film celebrities and education leaders judged 1-2 minute student videos on the theme "Why I Love ProCon.org," and their seven lucky winners in the ProCon.org national student video contest were announced today.
, second place
, and third place
winners were selected in three categories: middle school (grades 6-8), high school (grades 9-12), and college/university (undergraduate and graduate) students. There were not enough eligible entries in the middle school category for 2
place winners. All winners receive ProCon.org merchandise for their schools.
All the winning videos are available on the ProCon.org website at:
And the winners are…
– Michael Ge "ProCon and Reliable Data"2
"Life After ProCon"3
John William Leonard
"Promoting Critical Thinking"2
"Procon.org = A+ on my final papers" 3
"Just Go ProCon It"
"Congratulations to the winners and thank you so much to our esteemed judges," said ProCon.org President
. "We are thrilled that so many people love the critical thinking and free education that ProCon.org has been providing since 2004."
ProCon.org, online at
, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that provides free and nonpartisan research on controversial issues. Teachers, librarians, and educators in over 3,500 schools in all 50 states and 53 countries have used ProCon.org content in their instructional materials.
[ Correction: We originally mischaracterized Mark Morud's entry as a middle school entry when it was a high school entry. Based on the points awarded from the judges, Mark becomes the second place winner in the high school category. Landon, who we originally announced as the second place winner, becomes the third place winner. We also neglected to recognize Ryan Longley for winning third prize in the college/university category.]
Each of seven judges completed a scoring sheet, and all scores were combined to determine overall winners. The seven judges were (in alphabetical order):
, CEO of the Junior Statesmen of America (JSA) Foundation,
has directed 14 sessions of JSA summer schools at prestigious universities including
. He's also a board member of the California Association of Student Councils.
President of Impatient Pictures,
directed "Camille" (with
and Sienna Miller) and "The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie" (with
Director, Producer, Writer, Actor on dozens of films, has film credits which include
"Atlas Shrugged: Part I" (writer), "Hot Dog… The Movie" (producer and actor), and "The Wraith" (director) featuring
MBA, is the former COO and a current consultant at Mathnasium Learning Centers, the world's largest math tutoring company. She is Co-Owner of Kazoo Toys of
, and mom to a beautiful 6-month old daughter... who will be good at math in exchange for toys.
Ph.D., MBA, Senior Leadership & Organizational Development Consultant at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is also a former National Learning Consultant for Cox Communications
, MA, Managing Editor of
born and raised in
, he now lives in
and thinks your idea of what gumbo is, is probably completely wrong. He's also the author of
The First Annual Grand Prairie Rabbit Festival
, Senior Artist at Industrial Light & Magic, has film credits which include: "Star Trek," "Transformers 2," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and "Terminator Salvation."
ProCon.org (online at
) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity whose mission is promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship. Information is presented on 47 different ProCon.org issue websites in subjects ranging from Obamacare, alternative energy, and medical marijuana to the death penalty, illegal immigration, and gay marriage.
ProCon.org websites are free of charge and require no registration. The websites have been referenced by over 700 media entities, cited 36 times by the governments of 11 countries (including 21 US states and nine US federal agencies), and used by teachers, librarians, and educators in over 3,500 schools in 53 countries and all 50 US states.