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Published Friday, July 29, 2011
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PCC students tout PCC in ‘Create Our Video’ contest  


Piedmont Community College students put their creativity to work for the College by creating promotional videos in the College’s first “Create Our Video” contest and won some scholarship money to help pay for their PCC classes. Students worked individually and in groups of their own choosing since this was not a class project. The entrants created five different videos that included testimonials, campus tours, program highlights, humor and special effects.  

Contest winners were named at the PCC Foundation’s annual President’s Club social and included five winners. First place went to Kristy Wilkins, who wrote and performed an original song entitled “Piedmont Community College is Right for You.” She received a $500 PCC scholarship award. Other winners included:

Second: Violet Jackson for “PCC Film,” a compilation of film and video projects and comments from PCC Film and Video students. She won a $250 PCC scholarship.

Third: Noah Yudell for “April,” a video highlighting PCC’s Caswell County Campus. His prize was a $150 PCC scholarship.

Fourth: Mildred Speed for “Yes you Can,” a video in which she tells her personal story of completing the GED program at the age of 74. She was the recipient of the North Carolina Community College/Family Literacy Student of the Year Award in 2010.

Fifth: Digital Effects and Animation Technology students Ben Daniel, Josh McDaniel, Michael Nunn, Richard Helms and Eric Efthiamiadis, who used the skills they learned in the program to create an animated video.  

The contest was made possible by a mini-grant awarded by the PCC Foundation to PCC staff member Kevin Tyburski, PCC’s web technician/graphic designer. He organized the contest, established guidelines, promoted the project, and provided advice to students as they completed their projects. A team of judges critiqued and scored the entries. Tyburski said the competition was close with only 15 points separating the top five videos.  
The videos may be viewed on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/piedmontcc.  

The “Create Your Video” mini-grant was one of seven selected for funding from among 13 proposals submitted by PCC faculty and staff. Awards totaled more than $10,000. The PCC Foundation sponsors the mini-grant competition annually. For more information on programs funded by the PCC Foundation or on how you can make a contribution, please contact Elizabeth Townsend at (336) 599-1181, ext. 204 or townsee@piedmontcc.edu.        

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“Create our Video” winners pictured with their awards are, from left, Violet Jackson, second place; and Kristy Wilkins, first place winner. The students competed in a contest to create PCC recruitment videos. The top three winners in the contest received scholarships from the PCC Foundation.