2011 WHYY Youth Media Awards

The WHYY Youth Media Awards honors the best media produced by youth in grades 6-12 in the Philadelphia region. The 2011 YMA honored work produced between August 1, 2011 and July 31, 2011. This year, our first year organizing the Awards, we received over 150 entries competing in two divisions; High School and Middle School; and three categories in each division, Narrative, Documentary/News, and Open.



Narrative Category

Narratives are scripted films using actors to tell a story. This year's winners included a love story, a silent film, a war movie, the birth of a new robot, a child in prison, and the story of a special place.


High School Winners


First Place: "More Than Meets the Eye" by Deirdre Braun »

Second Place: "The Things They Carried" by Dan Frantz »

Third Place: "Breaking the Mold" by Myranda Mallenbaum »


Middle School Winners


First Place: "Spark of Life" by Kris Theorin »

Second Place: "A Prisoner's Life" by Gabe Altopp »

Third Place: "A Place Where Everyone Knows Your Name" by Celijah Cook »


Documentary/ News Report Category

Documentaries and news reports are factual accounts of true events, using interviews, b-roll, narration and event footage. The documentary/news report winners this year explored volunteerism, bullying, autism, littering, and adulthood.


High School Winners


First Place: "Anything is Possible" by Patrick Meyer »

Second Place: "Armenian Litterbugs" by Ani Acopian »

Third Place: "Adulthood" by Andre Reid, Dan Martin, and Victoria Lomax »


Middle School Winners


First Place: "Bullying" by Marykate Santalucia »

Second Place: "Volunteerism in America" by Dylan Yachyshen »


Open Category

This category is for videos that don't fit into either the narrative or documentary categories. The open category includes music videos, experimental videos, trailers, and non-narrative animation.


High School Winners


First Place: "Julie-O" by Jake Oleson and Will Politan »

Second Place: "Chrysalis" by Kira Homsher »

Third Place: "Reflections" by Jessica Lynn Grose »


Middle School Winners


First Place: "Seeing through a New Lens" by James Tralie »

Second Place: "Brain Gobblers from Saturn" by Kris Theorin »

Third Place: "The Perfect Child" by Madeline Bowne »


Judges' Awards

Three films were selected as the best of the fest. In addition to receiving recognition in their individual categories, they were chosen by the judges as the standout films for their commitment to storytelling, technical proficiency, and intangible greatness.


First Place: "Reflections" by Jessica Lynn Grose »

Second Place: "Chrysalis" by Kira Homsher »

Third Place: "Spark of Life" by Kris Theorin »