For the past few years, LWVMA has sponsored a student video contest designed to foster civic awareness among young people and provide them with an opportunity to share their opinions on matters of public importance. This year, new LWVA member Laura Rojo MacLeod was among the judges for this event. The 2019 topic, "Climate Change Challenge", expresses LWVMA's belief in the need for environmental civics education to raise an active 'green' generation now and for the future.
Ninety-four 30-second videos were created by over 250 students from towns and cities across the state, from western Massachusetts to Martha's Vineyard. The winners are:
- 1st Place: "The Urban Shade Tree: Nature's Air Conditioner" by Madeleine Lombard, Four Rivers Charter Public School;
- 2nd Place: "Rising Sea Levels" by Sophia Orlando, Rockport High School; and
- 3rd Place: "How Composting Helps the Environment" by Jessica Elmhurst, Walpole High School.
Winners get cash prizes, are invited to an award ceremony at the State House, and have their videos publicized by LWVMA.
To see all the videos submitted, click here.
LWVA's Laura Rojo MacLeod commented that "It was a very inspiring experience to serve as a judge in this activity." LWVAmherst would like to see Amherst Regional High School students participating in the event in the future. If you are --or know-- an art or social studies teacher at ARHS, please take note.