Congratulations to the winners of  our Reality Check Video Contest!

Prizes were awarded in each of seven categories. Winners were judged on creativity and imagination, the ability to inspire, and the power and effectiveness of storytelling. Watch the winning videos right here:

  • “CEO’s Pick Award” - Grace D. of Lake Forest - Grace’s video was chosen by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana CEO Maria Wynne for illustrating her passion for the preservation of marine biodiversity through the creative use of animation and graphics.  Grace was awarded a $250 Best Buy gift card, plus tickets for her and a guest to see a production at the Goodman Theatre with Wynne.

  • “My Voice Award” - Shreya S. of Naperville – Shreya’s video was chosen by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana for her particularly creative journalistic approach.  She interviewed several teachers and other students at her school, demonstrating a unique “documentary storytelling” approach to illustrate her love for math and science.  Shreya won a $250 Best Buy gift card.

  • “The Mash Award” - Hannah Z. of Libertyville – Chosen by student writers and editors of The Mash, published by The Chicago Tribune, “The Mash Award” recognized Hannah’s ability to creatively share why being a teenager is much more difficult than being a “kid.” Hannah received a $250 Best Buy gift card.

  • “Columbia Director’s Cut Award” - Brianna M. of Oak Park –  Chosen by faculty of the School of Media Arts at Columbia College. Brianna’s video expressed the best part of her day: training and spending time with her adopted dog, Petunia, as she prepares for a future career in training police or service dogs.  Brianna was awarded a $250 Best Buy gift card, plus the opportunity to “shadow” a Columbia College film student for a day.

  • “Kasia’s Cut Award” –  Kierra F. of Chicago – Chosen by Kasia Pilewicz, America’s Next Top Model contestant. Kierra motivated her audience to “dream bigger…and not get discouraged by society’s stereotypes.”  She won a $250 Best Buy gift card and the opportunity for her and a guest to have dinner with Kasia.

  • “Collaboration Award”- Emma W. and Troop 40857 of Barrington worked together to win the  The Girl Scouts openly addressed the issue of bullying, and offered clear and direct ways for peers to prevent (and overcome) confrontational situations. The girls received a $250 Best Buy gift card, which will be shared equally among each member of the troop.

  • “Motorola Mobility Foundation Award” - Danielle M. of Oak Park - Chosen by Motorola Mobility Foundation and Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, the award recognized Danielle’s use of social media to express her interest in equality in sports, particularly in the promotion of girls’ and women’s sports teams.  Danielle won a $250 Best Buy Gift Card, a Motorola Mobility RIVAL phone and a Bluetooth headset.