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Species on the Edge 2.0 Video Contest
Thank you to all who entered our contest! We will be opening the contest again in 2017.
The fun and educational Species on the Edge 2.0 Video Contest capitalizes on high school students' expertise with technology, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, and love of nature. The contest helps to develop students’ experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and their project management skills.
Best of all, it’s free – and gives students the chance to win scholarships and other prizes! All entries will be eligible to win a day in the field with a wildlife biologist.
- 1st prize: $1,000 in scholarship money
- 2nd prize: $500 in scholarship money
- 3rd prize: $250 in scholarship money
Meet the 2016 Video Contest Winners
First Place: Joseph Hernandez
CWF's 2016 first place winner and recipient of a $1,000 scholarship is Joseph Hernandez a senior in high school in Great Meadows, New Jersey. For the contest, Joseph created an impressive, captivating and informative video titled 'The Secrets of Vernal Pools.'
Joe Hernandez, 18, has been a fan of all forms of wildlife since he was born. Unlike most teenagers his age, he uses every excuse in the book to find a way to be outdoors. While he’s outside, he spends most of his time looking at birds, herps, insects, and fish, but he also enjoys biking and hiking.
Even when he’s indoors, he often takes his hobby of being a wildlife enthusiast into the technological world, especially when it comes to writing. In 2013, Joe decided to create a blog named “The Naturalist Nook” to share his knowledge about nature through his hobby.
In the future, he hopes to create more nature-related videos during his college years at Stockton University, while preparing for a career as a naturalist or marine biologist.
Second Place: Spencer Monhollen
Spencer Monhollen, CWF's 2016 second place winner and $500 scholarship recipient is a sophomore at Oakcrest High School in Mays Landing, New Jersey. For the contest, Spencer produced an excellent video focusing on New Jersey's bog turtles.
He is part of his school’s media program. Spencer plans to go to into the field of Marine Biology and 'throw his love of photography into' his Marine Biology career. He enjoys the outdoors and likes to longboard or ride his bike when it’s nice out. His favorite hobbies include scuba diving when on vacations, long boarding, photographing scenic landscapes, and the occasional solving of a Rubik’s cube.
Third Place: Maya Ravichandran
CWF's 2016 third place winner and $250 scholarship recipient Maya Ravichandran is a junior at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. For the contest, she created a video which showcases a number of bird species throughout the Garden State and threats to their survival.
Maya would like to pursue a career in a STEM field. She would also like to continue to support wildlife conservation efforts in her future, especially through preventing habitat destruction. Her favorite thing to do for fun is to spend time outside. Her favorite hobbies are bird-watching and programming.
Meet the 2015 Multimedia Contest Winners
First Place: David Tattoni
CWF's first place winner and recipient of a $1,000 scholarship is David Tattoni, a senior at Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. For the contest, David created an impressive YouTube channel featuring wildlife, like piping plovers, a state endangered beach nesting bird, and wild places in New Jersey.
David’s career goal is to be a wildlife biologist. He loves birding, herping, and looking for rare plants, and also likes to photograph and film wildlife. He spent a lot of time this summer working with piping plovers and would love to do similar work protecting endangered birds for the rest of his life.
Second Place: Priyanshi Jain and Victoria Momyer
The second place winners are Priyanshi Jain and Victoria Momyer, who spilt their $500 scholarship prize. Priyanshi and Victoria are seniors at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, New Jersey. For the contest, Priyanshi and Victoria developed the website “New Jersey Wilds” and its accompanying Facebook page.
Although Priyanshi intends to go into the field of medicine, she is looking forward to taking wildlife conservation and environmental biology classes in college. She loves camping, hiking, watching wildlife and identifying flowers. As a child, she loved collecting different colored leaves in the fall, and even created a small book one year to send back to her cousins in India.
Victoria plans to study biotechnology and biological research and is looking forward to volunteering in the field of wildlife conservation. She enjoys hiking through local parks with her friends and spending time outside. Victoria's backyard is also certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
Third Place: Kayleigh Young
Our third place winner and recipient of a $250 scholarship is Kayleigh Young, a junior at Cresskill High School in Cresskill, New Jersey. For the contest, Kayleigh produced the video "Endangered in New Jersey," which features interviews of her teachers and classmates focused on the importance of wildlife conservation.
Kayleigh aspires to be a film director or a film editor, whenever she is out in nature she is almost always taking pictures and loves making videos and short films.
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For more information, contact
Stephanie DAlessio, CWF Director of Education: Email
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