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10th Graders Produce Grand Prize Video

SKANEATELES, NY (April 11, 2017) – After several years of submissions, Skaneateles High School has produced a grand prize winning piece in the ‘Speak Truth to Power’ national video contest thanks to students Veronica Ryan, Catherine Cramer, and Bridget Neumann.

Each year students in Kate Hardy’s Honors 10 English class submit videos to the contest, with projects finishing in the runner-up position the last two years, but never a grand prize winner.

That all changed this year with Ryan, Cramer, and Neumann producing “LGBTQ Rights: A Documentary.”

The grand prize winning team was notified of their result on Monday afternoon via Skype with Speak Truth to Power committee members.  As grand prize winners all three students are invited to attend New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival where their video will be featured before the film festival audience.

Hardy’s class not only produced this year’s grand prize champion out of some 800+ video submissions, it also produced a third place finish nationally for the team of Ruby Ramsgard, Greta Weiss, Kelsey Ibach, and Dana Palmer with their video “Frank Mugisha: I Am a Friend.”

Sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, Tribeca Film Institute and RFK Human Rights and based on Kerry Kennedy’s book ‘Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World’, the ‘Speak Truth to Power’ middle and high school filmmaking competition encourages students to become engaged in human rights through video production.

The two videos from Skaneateles High School were judged by a celebrity panel including Kerry Kennedy, acclaimed film director Oliver Stone, actor and producer Matt McCoy, and more.

For more information on the competition and to view the videos of the finalists visit online at

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Kenneth G. Slentz, Superintendent
45 East Elizabeth Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: 315-291-2221

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