1st Deputy Chief of Staff for the City of Chicago was on hand to present the awards to the three finalists. Lyric Johnson, a sophomore from Kenwood Academy took home the $2,500 Grand Prize with her performance. Zana Carter of Simeon won 2nd Place and Team STV (Stop the Violence) from Lawless Gardens winning 3rd place.
Their performances and the entire showcase can be viewed at http://youtu.be/
The 2012 Violence Stops Here contest was supported by 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell, 6th Ward Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer, 15th Ward Toni Foulkes, and 16th Ward Alderman JoAnn Thompson.
The Violence Stops Here contest began June 15th. Chicago Public School students ages 13 – 19 from Chicago’s Chatham, Englewood, and Grand Boulevard communities submitted a short video from their cell phones or pc to ViolenceStopsHere.com to enter the contest. Each video was judged on: 1) creative expression, 2) relevance to the community, and 3) number of online votes.
Once approved by committee, contest entries received online votes by friends and family to determine the top entries to compete in the Violence Stops Here 2k12 finale.
XtraMedium Communications worked on behalf of underwriter Chicago Beverage Systems to coordinate the campaign with local City of Chicago councilmen (aldermen), keep their chiefs of staff informed of progress and generate goodwill across the 6-months of the campaign. The councilmen were excited to see Chicago Beverage Systems bring the contest to their areas for a second season.