2016 Public Vote Winners
Congrats to our 2016 Public Vote Winners Below! Click here to see the list of FINALISTS & SPECIAL NOMINEES heading to our March 19 Gala.
See the Division Video Collections and their Public Vote Tallies here:
- During the Public Vote, our videos were watched not just in the U.S. but also China, Taiwan, Australia, Ireland, UK, Singapore and other countries.
- Our High School Division Public Vote winner Hannah Chen earned a $500 cash award for garnering the most public votes overall — 3490 votes, plus an automatic slot to her Division’s finals.
- Per the table below, the top two finishers in each division battled it out royally down to the wire. The winner per division earned an automatic berth into their Division’s Finals on March 19th — our Gala Awards and CAAMFest Screening.
- Kudos to the 4 contestant teams who surpassed the 3000-vote mark — all topped last year’s Public Vote record of 2848 votes for Vivian Pang’s video entry last year.
|High School Division|
Julia Chen & Justin Chau
|Middle School Division|
Ella Serrano-Wu, Shrinkhala Sunuwar, Reese Dickinson
Amy Marcopulos & Jamie Cheung
Mira Chaplin & Matthew Norris
DIVISION PUBLIC VOTE WINNER | College | China Travel
By Emily Wang
Cambridge, MA | San Francisco, CA
Artist’s Statement: During winter break, I visited Wuzhen China for the World Internet Conference as a U.S. student delegate. From bonding with the Chinese students to visiting cultural sites to talking with Chinese inventors this cultural exchange trip was incredibly eye-opening. This visit to China changed some of our perspectives on China and I am excited to share with you some of our adventures and what I learned. My advice for the future president is to come up with more everyday-life activities to do with other world leaders. Genuine relationships are hard to build in diplomatic settings but through simple acts of everyday life people can put aside their burdens and first seek to understand one another: from ones personality to one’s culture. Thank you for watching my video!
DIVISION PUBLIC VOTE WINNER | Middle School | Cultural Exchange Proposal
By Ella Serrano-Wu, Shrinkhala Sunuwar, and Reese Dickinson
Shady Hill School
Sponsoring Teacher: Bei Ju
Artist’s Statement: This video shows how student exchange can create a more positive relationship between China and America. Student exchange is a big part of education and learning about other cultures that needs to be more widely known. Our friend who is currently an exchange student inspired us to share this experience with the world.
OVERALL & DIVISION PUBLIC VOTE WINNER | High School | Cultural Exchange Proposal
A New Era of Medicine
By Hannah Chen
Henry J. Kaiser High School
Sponsoring Teacher: Yi Lee
Medicine affects tomorrow’s generation in every region around the world and this was definitely a topic I wanted to address. Traditional Chinese medicine has always been underestimated and misinterpreted in the West but combining modern medicine with traditional Chinese medicine has the potential to enhance healthcare in America and China. My family experienced the benefits of these treatments when my mother almost died from a fatal illness; luckily she is fully healed now. I believe it is important to convey this message and combine forces with China to ultimately create a revolutionary medical system saving hundreds of lives in both countries like it did with my mom. This is a serious topic affecting each and every one of us so I made an effort to reflect this in the video through its filming and editing techniques. Each scene coincides with the narration; the ultimate goal was conveying a clear direct message to the President about an ongoing issue and a potential solution.