Winners Announced for the National ‘Choices in Education’ Video Contest

Published January 24, 2018

Press release from ExcelInEd:

Millions of American families – from single parents to rural families and parents of children with special needs – benefit from the opportunity to find the best educational fit for their child’s unique needs. And each family has an inspiring story to share.  
As National School Choice Week takes place this week, ExcelinEd proudly joins more than a dozen partners to announce the winners of the “Choices in Education” video contest. The contest highlights families and students sharing how they benefitted from the power of educational opportunity. The winners will be recognized at National  School Choice Week events in their home state throughout the week.  
“Hundreds of students, parents and families shared their stories of how educational choice made a difference in their lives, which is a testament to the benefits to families across the country,” said Patricia Levesque, ExcelinEd CEO. “Whether choosing a magnet school, public charter school, private school, virtual or blended learning school or homeschool, all families deserve the freedom to select the learning environment that best fits the needs of their child, regardless of their ZIP code or background.”   
Judges from national education organizations selected the grand prize winners and runners-up. In addition, voting was open to the public during December, with the top two vote-getters named as the people’s choice winners.   

The Choices in Education video competition shares stories about how school choice is improving education for children and families in your community. These stories show us why access to more educational opportunity can benefit students and families in their state and across the country. All forms of school choice are represented: charter, magnet, private school, blended/online learning and homeschool. • Hundreds of students, parents and alumni of educational choice programs across the country submitted videos about how their choice has made a difference in their lives. Winners were selected by a panel of judges, as well as public voting. The videos were judged based on the thoughtfulness and sincerity of the messages. The winners will be announced during National School Choice Week, Jan. 21-27. Most winners will be attending a school choice event in their state.  

Grand Prize Winners – $15,000 cash prize

 Christopher Collot – Miami, FL

 Cabral Clements – Atlanta, GA

 Fife Family – Brunswick, OH

Runners Up – $5,000 cash prize

 David McGuire – Indianapolis, IN

 Sara Kleipe – Asheboro, NC

 Taylor Family – Chandler, AZ  

People’s Choice Winners – $5,000 cash prize

 Damacia Howard – Union City, GA

 Sara Kleipe – Asheboro, NC