Alex Hughes is one of 10 finalists in U.S. Department of Education "I Am What I Learn" contest
Contact: Laurie Hogan (336) 370-8307
Created: 12/1/2009 2:42:09 PM
Alex Hughes, a junior at Southeast High, is one of 10 finalists in a
video contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. He is the
only finalist from North Carolina.
Department of Education asked students in September to submit original
videos answering the question, "Why is your education important to
fulfilling your dreams?" Hughes' video and videos by nine other
finalists were selected from more than 600 entries based on their use
of creativity, strength of content and ability to inspire.
finalists' videos are posted on the Department of Education Web site
and YouTube. Viewers can vote for their favorite, and the top three
finalists will receive $1,000 each. Michael Crenshaw, a digital media
teacher at Weaver Academy, encouraged Hughes to enter the contest.
Hughes, who takes Career and Technical Education courses at Weaver,
said this is the first time he has entered a video contest, but he has
prior experience making videos in class and with friends outside of
school. He also has created promotional videos for his father's
"My ultimate goal is to become a
movie director, but any job dealing with film would make me happy,"
Hughes said. He said he thought about how he could be completely
original while developing his video. He knew that a subdued, serious
message would not catch the viewer's attention. "You have to be upbeat
and humorous," he said. "Be excited and enthusiastic about education
and that will inspire. Choosing the humorous route seemed more natural
to me, considering my personality isn't too serious."
is open through Friday, Dec. 4 on the Department of Education Web site
at www.ed.gov/iamwhatilearn/index.html or on YouTube at
www.youtube.com/iamwhatilearn. Hughes' video is listed under username
He has wise plans for the $1,000
if he wins. "I have to pay my actors," he said. "And maybe a
celebration dinner. But with what's left over, I don't know. Possibly
invest in some new camera equipment. Most likely, I will end up putting
it in the bank to save for the day that I am on my own. Off to college."
Click on the link below to watch the video on the GCS Web site. To vote, click here.