A team of 15 League member judges has selected the winners of LWVMA’s “Making Democracy Work in My Community” Student Video Contest. Many students participated in the contest, and the winning videos were selected from entries submitted from across the state. The winners are:

First Place:  Owen Doherty, Jake Latini, and Luke Marcheski, Quincy High School (The Voters  of America: Making Democracy Work)

Second Place:  Natalie Harder and Emily Belt, Newton South High School (L’Taken: Learning How to Make Democracy Work in Our Community)

Third Place:  Maggie Stefanowicz, Millis High School, (Ms. Ziemba; A Democracy Advocate)

LWVMA will publicize the winning videos and local Leagues will also be encouraged to share the videos via social media and local cable access stations.

The judges also selected two videos for Honorable Mention recognition:

Jacob Applebaum, Wellesley High School, (Boston Stands for Democracy);

Tyler Hamlin, Marblehead High School, (Making Democracy Work in Marblehead)

The contest winners will receive awards of $500 (first place);  $250 (second place); $100 (third place); and $50 (honorable mention). An award ceremony will be take place in June.

The League invited Massachusetts high school students to create a two-minute video showing how someone is making democracy work where they live.

The contest was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts Citizen Education Fund, which supports programs designed to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in democracy and increase understanding of public policy issues. Support for this program was provided by the Salem Five Charitable Foundation.