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Youth Media Contest 

This May, the Media Education Lab’s Courageous RI is awarding $10,000 in prizes to students in middle school, high school, and college, including a $1,000 grand prize!

Middle school, high school, and college students from across Rhode Island, the nation, and the world participated in our contest. The Youth Media Contest accepted creative work in print, graphic design / photography, video and audio formats. 

We looked for creative work that addresses this question: How can media literacy, active listening, kindness and compassion, and community engagement reduce the hate and fear that leads to violence?

Announcing the Winners

The Youth Media Contest has brought together young creatives from diverse backgrounds. From captivating audio narratives to thought-provoking videos, stunning graphics, and compelling writing, these young voices are igniting conversations and sparking change.

Award Categories

  • Grand Prize Winners 

  • Category Winners (video, writing, image, and audio)

  • Outstanding Middle School Projects

  • Teacher Leadership Award

Meet the Winners!


Zaporizhzhya Gymnasium №25, Ukraine | Video | "Countering Disinformation"

Aanya Sharma

Cambridge High School, UAE | Writing | "In the Shadows of Light"

Aurora Gomez

King High School, Florida | Image | "Using Media Literacy to Fight Violence"

Camila Tabora

Lincoln High School, Rhode Island | Writing | "The Paths of the Alt-Right Pipeline"


Celia Fuhrman

University of Wisconsin, Stout | Image | "X-Ray Goggles"

Dariana Y Pena

Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, Rhode Island | Writing | "Flourishing Freedoms"

Dasha Smerechynska

The Center of Scientific and Technical Creativity of Student Youth, Ukraine | Video | "Beauty Will Save the World"

Eduardo Velasco

Cranston HS West, Rhode Island | Image | "The Power of Fire"

Julianna Coutsouradis, Nyah Cuascut, Anvi Ghosh, Jennifer Killeen, Freyja Smith, Francesca Tornambe, Emma Wallace, Liam Wallace

North Salem Middle/High School, New York | Audio | "Mirror Image"

Gracie Ferguson

Bellevue High School, Washington | Image | "Assumption Consumption"

Jimena Leal, Ally Parker, Mary-Kate Nolley, Alexander Ridge, Sydney Owens, Shelby Vanatta

Indiana University, Columbus | Video | "Navigating Media Disinformation: The pursuit of critical thinking and responsible communication"

Jordyn Mae Velitchkov

Harding Middle School, Iowa | Writing | "Make a Difference"

Nico Upegui

Yale University | Audio | "My Child"

Sanskriti Negi

West High School, Utah | Writing | "Such Said the Opposing Side"

Tanya Bachu

Brownell Talbot School | Writing | "Whispers of Light"

Yessica Gomez Gutierrez

DelSesto Middle School, Rhode Island | Image | "Media Literacy"


Kate Ray 

Cranston High School West, Rhode Island

Doreen Picozzi

Lincoln High School, Rhode Island

Pamela Morris

Indiana University

Ariel Dagan and Ben Alden

Tri-County Regional Vocational High School, Massachusetts


Join Us on Thursday, June 27


We're having an invitation-only event to celebrate with the winners. If you'd like to get an invitation, please contact us.

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