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The Fraser Institute

January 11, 2011 06:31 ET

Canadian Students Win Top Prizes in Fraser Institute Student Video Contest

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2011) - Eleven students from across Canada and the United States shared more than $10,000 in prizes in the Fraser Institute's annual student video contest.

Canadian students claimed the top prizes in both the high school and post-secondary categories, with students from Calgary, Alberta; Iqaluit, Nunavut; Toronto, Ontario; Beaconsfield, Quebec; and Westmount, Quebec receiving awards for their entries. A complete list of the winners is below.

Students were asked to create a video answering the question "Is government regulation threatening your personal freedom?" Forty-four videos submitted by 89 university and high school students worldwide were entered in the contest.

"These young people have come up with creative and insightful ways to demonstrate their clear understanding of how government intervention threatens individual freedom. They should be very proud of the work they produced," said Lisa-Diane Fortier, Fraser Institute director of education programs.

Aaron Lloyd of Iqaluit, Nunavut, who is currently a student at the University of Alberta, won first prize in the post-secondary category.

"Lloyd not only showed a solid understanding of free-market economics, but also of video production," Fortier said.

Ryan Quan and Sam Kerr of Queen Elizabeth High School in Calgary, Alberta won first prize in the high school category.

"A standout among high school entries for its unique analysis of the topic and excellent production quality," Fortier said.

The winning entries were selected based on originality, clear expression of ideas, production values, and understanding of the topic. A special Viewers' Choice Award was also awarded in each category to the videos with the most 'likes' on YouTube™.

All videos can be viewed at

The contest was sponsored by The Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation.

2010 Student Video Contest winners

Post-secondary category

1st place ($2,500)
 I Have Something to Say
Created by Aaron Lloyd of Iqaluit, NU (University of Alberta)
2nd place ($1,500)
 Because It's Good for You
Created by Matthew Guilherme of Calgary, AB (University of Waterloo)
3rd place ($1,000)
 Loosely Free
Created by Catherine Polson of Beaconsfield, QC (Concordia University)
 and Ryan McShane Prussin of Westmount, QC (McGill University)
Viewer's Choice Award ($750)
 Vigilant Governments vs. Video Games
Created by Thomas Coiner of Tuscaloosa, AL (University of Alabama)

High school category

1st place ($2,000)
 A Monopoly on Lives
Created by Ryan Quan and Sam Kerr of Calgary, AB (Queen Elizabeth High School)
2nd place ($1,000)
 The Nanny State and Its Origins
Created by Lance Knight of Pittsboro, NC (Peripatos Academy)
3rd place ($750)
 Government Guy: The Ninny Nanny
Created by Al Donato and Aakansha Pangler of Toronto, ON (St. Joseph Morrow Park  Secondary School)
Viewer's Choice Award ($750)
 Is the Nanny State Good or Bad?
Created by Travis Knight of Pittsboro, NC (Peripatos Academy)

View the winning videos at

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