OMA video competition scholarships to surpass $200,000 in 2015
Preparations are underway to launch season seven of the Ontario Mining Association’s high school video competition So You Think You Know Mining. Next year, the cumulative total of scholarships presented to winning teenage filmmakers will surpass $200,000. Over the years, SYTYKM winners have shared with us how they are planning on using their prize money and where the future is taking them.
These students, who received their trophies and cheques on June 3, 2014 at the SYTYKM awards ceremony at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, are a smart, creative and confident group of young people building their futures. They have benefited from participation in this OMA film making initiative. These students received awards of $2,500 — $5,000 for Best Overall — for being tops in various film making categories. Let’s see what some of them have to say about SYTYKM.
Best Overall winner in 2014 Brittany Nguyen, for These Moments, from Resurrection Catholic Secondary School in Kitchener tells us that in September, she is headed to Toronto to start the radio and television arts four-year Media Production Program at Ryerson University. “I plan on using the money to buy new camera equipment in order to up my quality of work,” said Nguyen. “I plan on buying a Lumix GH4 camera, which shoots in 4K and really brings a new level to video making.”
She is also destined to produce videos for a fashion marketing company in Toronto. “I also plan on doing short films and starting my own production company on the side as a hobby and get my name out there as a freelance videographer,” she adds. “The most important thing I learned about mining while producing my video is that mining is the core of development, without the minerals extracted from the Earth, we would not be able to move forward, to improve our lifestyles.”
Daryll Ada was part of a team from Don Mills Collegiate in Toronto that won the Best Comedy prize for The Office Tries SYTYKM. He played the memorable role of Michael in this creative parody of a popular television situation comedy. Second City should be taking a look at the comedic punch of Daryll and his colleagues.
He plans on returning to high school to complete Grade 12 but he has his eyes on the University of Waterloo’s double degree program in Computer Science and Business Administration. “One of the most important things I have learned about mining is how close to home it is,” said Ada. “Everything is either mined, or affected by mining, as well there are mining-related plants practically in our backyards.”
Best Writing winner Wellington Sanipe from St. Joseph Catholic High School in Ottawa plans on starting the Interactive Multi-Media Developer program at Algonquin College in our nation’s capital this fall. His production “Me, Myself and I” had Sanipe playing three roles. “I learned that mining is one of those things that deep down we can’t live without,” he said. “I also learned that mining creates an enormous quantity of jobs.”
Our SYTYKM winners all have good stories and we will hear from more of them in the future. However, one thing that is common to all is the support of parents and teachers. Many dedicated and creative high school teachers in Ontario embrace the SYTYKM program and provide limitless encouragement and support for their students. Without their backing, the OMA’s high school video competition would not have reached the level of success it has achieved and many students would not have received morale and monetary support to pursue their dreams.
Check out SYTYKM on the OMA website www.oma.on.ca. Also, in the fall watch for the official launch of season seven of SYTYKM.