By Carolyn Stransky
Students and faculty gathered to reveal and honor the winners of the 2011 FYI Digital Storytelling contest at Wilson Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The screenings were hosted during the usual FYI time slots.
Based on a concept introduced during New Student Days, the Digital Storytelling contest required interested first years to create a two to five minute digital movie that “illuminates how social identities shape the ways in which we understand the world and our place within it,” according to the Beloit College website. A panel of judges, including Scott Bierman, president of the college, Christina Klawitter, dean of students, and Ann Davies, dean of the college, critiqued and ultimately decided the winners.
Instead of the anticipated four winners, this year’s contest had seven. Prizes were awarded in the form of gift cards to Turtle Creek Bookstore. Winning the top title and $500 with her story of adjustment was Stephanie Mayo’15.
Second place awards, and $250 each, went to Geyuan Tian’15 for her story about privilege, and an anonymous student who discussed the struggles of living undocumented in the United States.
Taking third, and $125 each, was Lydia Stensberg’15 for her story of persistence, and Sin Chan’15 for her discussion of “mangoes,” “bananas” and “ABC.”
Honorable mentions, $50 each, went out to Ousia Whitaker-DeVault’15, whose story detailed her experience at the Madison protests and Wisconsin pride, and Tamanisha John’15, whose story was about a teacher who motivated her to get her life together.
A $300 prize was planned for the top transfer or exchange student story. None were submitted.