The Youth Video Contest Award Ceremony 2016
The winners of the 2016 Youth Video Contest with the theme of “Peace and Harmony” received their awards on Sunday, December 18, 2016 in Fairfax, Virginia, with a red carpet reception and ceremony.
Gizem Salcigil-White, President of the American-Turkish Association of Washington, D.C. gave her opening key-note address with an emotional speech. “The world deserves peace. Humanity deserves peace. It is our duty to preserve and promote it’ she said. A moment of silence was also held during the award ceremony to honor all the victims of the recent terror attacks in Turkey and in the world.
Bora Toksoz with his video “Three Weeks Made Forever” and Thomas Chester with his video “Spiders” received Special Jury Recognition for their excellent video creations.
The Third Place Award Winner Alex Bougher is from Bloomington, Indiana. Her video is titled as “Turk(ish)“, an amazing intercultural story of Caleb Farley who spent his childhood years in Ankara, Turkey. ATA-DC Past-President Demet Cabbar presented the award to Suzan Ok who received it on behalf of Alex since she was was not able to attend the Ceremony.
The Second Place Award Winner Olivia Colombo is from Kingston, Massachussetts. Her winning video is titled as “What does PEACE & HARMONY mean to me?“. TATV Director of PR accepted the Award on behalf of Olivia since she could not join the ceremony.
The First Place Award Winner Rhashad El received the good news via video conference while at his home in Henry County, McDonough, Georgia. His inspiring and humorous video is titled as “The Look Within“.
TATV program host Özge Övün-Sert was the Emcee for the 2016 Youth Video Contest Award Ceremony.