2013 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 2013 YMA honored work produced between August 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013. This year, our second year organizing the Awards, we received over 165 entries competing in five categories in each division, Narrative, Documentary, News Report, Open, Middle School.


Special Awards

Judges' Awards

These 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. Judges' Award winners received a technology prize courtesy of Springboard Media.


First Place: Screenwriter's Block — Produced by James Tralie

Second Place: Heavens — Produced by James Lennon

Third Place: A Good List — Produced by Harrison Tracy and Stephen Skeel


Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation Award

Thanks to generous funding from the Thomas Scattergood Foundation, the 2013 Youth Media Awards saw the presentation of the inaugural Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Award. This year, the inaugural Scattergood Award went to Madeline DeVlieger for Radiant.



Middle School Category

First Place: The Scissor Problem — Produced by Josiah Scheidel

Second Place: GHOST CHASERS — Produced by Thomas Van Dean and Benjamin Simon

Third Place: The Robot That Couldn't Be Himself — Ocean Hodel, William Hodel and Jontathan Kranz



High School - Narrative Category

First Place: Movie Time — Produced by Paul Malikkal

Second Place: Dybbuk — Produced by Matt Sutton

Third Place: A Good List — Produced by Harrison Tracy and Stephen Skeel



Documentary Category

First Place: 2 People in 1 Body — Produced by Jessica Franklin

Second Place: Radiant — Produced by Madeline DeVlieger

Third Place: Miguel's Story — Miguel Martinez, Sherin Nassar and Belal Shami, and Danielle Fox



Open Category

First Place: Screenwriter's Block — Produced by James Tralie

Second Place: Heavens — Produced by James Lennon

Third Place: The Great Gatsby Trailer — Kris Theorin, Zane Kodama, Jacques Becker



News Report Category

First Place: First Person Arts — Jessica Pasquerelo, Gus Madden, Erin Moran, Cassie McHugh, Andrea Jobe

Second Place: Homemade Goodies by Roz — Caroline Adams, Sofia Barret, Romeo Hodges, Jacob and Hannah

Third Place: Center for Art in Wood — Sergiy Pliss, Bianca Portillo, Maura Aleardi, Phoenix Lowry, Quadrea Valentine



Interviews with the filmmakers