Winners of the Student iHistory WW2 Video Contest for Blackmagic Cinema Cameras Announced!

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 Contest

We are proud to announce the winners of our iHistory WW2 video contest!  Congratulations to all our winners!  We are very proud of their effort and accomplishment!

Congratulations to Nolan Rugg as winner of the Grand Prize!  He won a Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2.5k, a Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens, a SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive 480GB, and $775 cash!

View his winning video “Valor and Victory: Tales From A World War Two Veteran

Best Story Winner: James Bailey (TX) – “Jim Holzem – Los Banos Raid”  James won a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, a Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 Aspheric G- Series Lens, a SanDisk 32GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme, and $300 cash.

Best Editing Winner: Clark Burnett (NJ) – “Lou: A Century in the Making”  Clark won a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, a Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 Aspheric G- Series Lens, a SanDisk 32GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme, and $300 cash.

First Prize: Jake Hale (GA) – “Life and Death on the Volcano Islands”  Jake won a Manfrotto Tripod & Video Head, an Impact Light Kit, a Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder, and a SanDisk microSDHC Memory Card.

Second Prize: Adam Danzger (NJ) – “Gerald B. Gersten” Adam won a Manfrotto Tripod & Video Head, an Impact Light Kit, a Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder, and a SanDisk microSDHC Memory Card.

A BIG thank you to everyone who participated and submitted videos!  We are proud of each of you for taking the time to record a WWII veteran’s story!

Unfortunately, we did not meet our fundraising goals last month and thus will not be able to run our 2014 iHistory contest.  However, we hope that we can raise enough funds to initiate our 2015 iHistory contest by this Fall.  

If you have suggestions on fundraising and/or fundraising leads please contact us at: jeff@ihistoryproject.org

Meet our Panel of Judges! – iHistory WW2 Video Contest

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 Contest

Thank you everyone for voting on our website for your favorite student videos!  From January 21-31, our special panel of seven judges will review the videos!  Their scores will be combined with the online votes to decide on the winners!  (see official rules for judging details)  We are pleased to have such a great panel of amazing people.  Read below to find out more about them!

Scott Vander HammMajor General Scott A. Vander Hamm is the Commander of the Eighth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic) in Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and Joint Functional Component Commander for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command in Offutt AFB, Neb. “The Mighty Eighth” serves as the air component headquarters to USSTRATCOM for strategic deterrence, global strike, and its Joint Air Operations Center.

General Vander Hamm has received numerous service awards, among them are a Defense Superior Service Medal, a Distinguished Flying Cross, and a Bronze Star Medal.  Vander Hamm and his wife, Joanna, are the proud parents of 11 children and several grandchildren.

RitaCosby_Headshot_RED-1Rita Cosby is a special correspondent for the CBS news magazine “Inside Edition,” and host of WOR’s radio program, “The Rita Cosby Show.”  She has interviewed more than 20 world leaders, including five U.S. Presidents, and has spoken at the United Nations, Capitol Hill, and the Pentagon.  She is also a renowned Emmy®-winning TV host in NYC and has anchored highly rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and NBC.

Rita’s critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, “Quiet Hero: Secrets from My Father’s Past,”  tells about her father’s role during Wold War II as part of the Polish underground in Warsaw.

Sgt HackSergeant (SFC) David D. Hack, U.S. Army (Ret.), grew up in Kentucky.  He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1957 at age 17 and served for four years.  In 1964 he enlisted in the Army and

while serving in the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1968 he was injured and awarded the Purple Heart for injuries that ended his military career.  After retiring from the Army, SFC Hack served as a police officer then later as a Chief of Police in Sebring, Ohio.

Today, Hack and his wife run a family operated company called U.S. Wings which supplies bomber jackets and aviation gear to all branches of the armed forces.

KenHeadshotKenny Saylors is a Nashville resident and an award-winning producer, director, and co-founder of Saylors Brothers Entertainment, Ltd.  He has created innovative television series and programs for CBS, FOX, CSN, TBN, and FamilyNet.  His music videos have topped the charts on MTV and BET.  He has also produced award-winning documentaries and feature films, such as “Kimjongilia,” and the upcoming film “Veil of Tears” (in theaters March 2014).  His work has been featured on Fox News, Newsweek, BBC, Time Magazine, NY Times, LA Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Huffington Post, Indie Wire, Charisma, and Christianity Today.

DanaDana Thiry Dildine is an educator and a real estate investor who currently resides in Ruidoso, New Mexico.  She has a Masters degree in Education from Arizona State University.  She has been in education for over twenty years in private and public schools, teaching grades ranging from elementary to college level.  While teaching at Holloman Air Force Base Middle School in New Mexico she recently helped it achieve the coveted National Blue Ribbon School Award from the Federal Department of Education.  Because of her passion for helping students learn history firsthand Dana has found it very rewarding to escort her classes to WWII museums and memorials to meet and talk with WWII veterans.

IvanIvan Agerton,  a former U. S. Marine, is a Photographer/Cinematographer based in Seattle Washington.  He and his two partners run Royal Galactic Media, a boutique production company that offers highly specialized services for companies such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.  He travels internationally with clients to capture organic, emotional imagery.  Ivan is also one of RED Digital Cinema’s chief REDucation instructors.

Heidi HabbanHeidi Habben is the owner of CRASH+SUES, a creative media company in Minneapolis with domestic and international clients.  CRASH+SUES conceives and executes visual ideas including production, editing, visual effects, color, animation, and motion graphics.  Examples of their excellent work can be viewed at www.crash-sues.com.  Heidi has an utmost respect for our veterans and sees great value in teaching students about our heroes firsthand.

If you are a parent or educator interested in inspiring today’s youth by connecting them with American WWII veterans in an effort to collect their stories before they are lost forever, please visit our iHistory WW2 video contest website or find us on Facebook andTwitter!

Last Chance to Vote! Rate student WWII Oral History Videos – iHistory WW2 Video Contest

By: Heather Van Allen & Jeffrey Worthington

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You can still get in on the vote to help choose the winners of the iHistory WW2 video contest. It’s easy! Just watch the videos online and give them each a star rating. Email and text the link (http://www.heroes-WW2.org) to your contacts, and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media sites, to get the word out to family, friends, classmates and others.

By watching the videos, you will learn about WWII from the perspectives of people—now living all over the US—who actually lived the war. History comes alive in these mini-documentaries, in ways you may not have experienced before.

Go online and vote! And while you’re at, you just might learn something new.

The voting closes TONIGHT (January 17th)!

If you are a parent or educator interested in inspiring today’s youth by connecting them with American WWII veterans in an effort to collect their stories before they are lost forever, please visit our iHistory WW2 video contest website or find us on Facebook andTwitter!

Voting has Started! Rate student WWII Oral History Videos – iHistory WW2 Video Contest

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 Contest

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iHistory Contest – Online Voting Started! Visit: http://www.heroes-WW2.org

The voting has begun!!!  Spread the word! 

Watch the submissions online and rate your favorite videos!

Share the link with your family, friends, and classmates!  http://www.heroes-WW2.org

Ask everyone you know, to vote!

Ask your teacher to share the website (www.Heroes-WW2.org) with your class!

Ask your school to share the link on their social networks!

If you are a parent or educator interested in inspiring today’s youth by connecting them with American WWII veterans in an effort to collect their stories before they are lost forever, please visit our iHistory WW2 video contest website or find us on Facebook and Twitter!

Delivered WWII Interviews to Veterans History Project – iHistory WW2 Video Contest for Students

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 Contest

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(L) Tim Holbert, project director of the American Veterans Center; (C) Jeffrey Worthington, founder/project director of the iHIstory Contest; (R) Bob Patrick, director of VHP.

We just dropped off the first batch of iHistory WW2 interviews for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress this morning! These were interviews of service men and women from nearly all the branches of the military, including one veteran who was 100 years old! We had student submissions from 17 states across the country, ranging from California to Massachusetts, and Alabama to Michigan.

Bob Patrick, Director of VHP, said “as a classroom component, iHistory allows students to expand both an individual and national understanding of wartime experiences.”

iHistory WW2 contest is proud to be working in cooperation with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project in helping to preserve the legacy of American servicemen and women.  The Library of Congress launched its efforts in 2000 and to date has collected nearly 90,000 veterans’ oral histories, of which over 30,000 have been of WWII veterans.  According to the National WWII Museum, there are still almost one million WWII servicemen alive and the iHistory WW2 contest is looking forward to playing a part in working with the Library of Congress to ensure that as many of these stories as possible live on for this generation and for those yet to come.  Learn more about the Veterans History Project.

For updates and to learn more about the iHistory WW2 Contest, visit our website (www.ihistoryprojectww2.org), and be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Students Submit WWII Oral Histories For Chance to Win A Blackmagic Cinema Camera Prize – iHistory WW2 Video Contest

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2 Contest

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We just finished processing the full length interviews of World War II veterans that students submitted from across the country!  This Friday we will deliver them to the Library of Congress!  Great work and a special thank you to everyone who participated!  The interviews look great!

The Worthington Foundation is proud to be working in cooperation with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project in helping preserve the legacy of American servicemen and women. The student’s full interviews of the veterans will be permanently archived in the American Folk Life Center of the Library of Congress.

Do you have a story about your experience in interviewing your veteran, or what you learned by participating in the contest?  Please send us your stories and feedback at: info@ihistoryproject.org

Again, thank you for your entries to the iHistory WW2 contest!

For updates and to learn more about the iHistory WW2 Contest, visit our website (www.ihistoryprojectww2.org), and be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Submissions Open for iHistory WW2 Video Contest – Win Prizes for You and Your School – by Jeffrey Worthington

By: Jeffrey Worthington & iHistory WW2

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Submissions for the iHistory WW2 Contest is now up!

Are you a young aspiring filmmaker, or an educator looking for an interactive World War II history project?

The iHistory WW2 contest is a nationwide contest that connects teens (ages 13-18) with American World War II veterans in an effort to help teens gain a greater understanding and appreciation for history while expanding their skills in journalism and video technologies.

The iHistory WW2 contest is an excellent history project for teachers looking for creative and interactive methods to teach history.  The contest gives students the opportunity to film interviews with veterans and submit them to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.

Then the students will create a mini-documentary from the veterans’ interviews and submit them to the competition and have the chance to win coveted prizes for themselves and their school.  The Grand Prize winner and the winner’s school will each receive a package which includes a Blackmagic Cinema Camera with a Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens!   The total value of combined prizes is over $11,000.

Submission dates for the contest are October 1 to November 20, 2013.  For more details about the contest visit: http://www.heroes-ww2.org or visit our Press page for additional materials.