First Annual Student Video Contest Winners and Videos

View PhotogalleryNearly 100 students turned out to view the submissions for the College’s first annual Life at Trinity student video contest on March 9 in the Ozinga Chapel. Student filmmakers created original videos that highlighted the Trinity experience, were consistent with the mission of the College, and captured what makes Trinity special to students.

The six entries were judged by a panel of judges from the marketing, student activities, admissions, and communication arts departments on the following criteria:


  • Relevance to the theme of the contest
  • Clarity and entertainment value
  • Overall impact
  • Quality of editing

All the video entries were shown for the audience who, by applause, voted for the audience choice award.

Emcees Jeremy Klyn ’02, director of admissions, and Dilaun White ’09, admissions counselor, then announced the winners:



1ST PRIZE—$400 and Audience Choice—$50 for “The school your school could look like,” by Kailyn Baum ’12 of Hudsonville, Michigan; Stephanie DeJong ’11 of Ripon, California; Caleb Hamstra  ’12 of Palos Park, Illinois; Jenna VanDyk ’12 of Tinley Park, Illinois; and Jeremy Wetter ’12 of Pella, Iowa


2ND PRIZE—$250 “Momentum for Life,” by Melissa Conrad ’14 of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois


3RD PRIZE—$150 “Diversity,” by Jon Borr ’11 of Holland, Michigan

“My friends and I had fun with the entire process, from writing the short script, to filming and editing,” said Baum. “We were fortunate to have a member of our team who was willing to do each piece. It was fun to have everyone on board and involved.”

Fellow filmmaker VanDyk said, “It was a great way to have fun and to get involved in trying to recruit new students. Everyone’s videos were fantastic, and I can’t wait to see the talent from other students in the coming years.”