Students Win College Scholarships for Their ACT High School Video Contest Entries

Posted March 04, 2013


Students Win College Scholarships for Their ACT High School Video Contest Entries

IOWA CITY, Iowa—ACT has announced the winners of its annual high school video contest for 2013. The winners receive college scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000.

The 10 winning videos were selected from entries submitted from students in 36 different states. First- and second-place prizes were awarded in five categories.

The winners are: 






Test-Day Tips


Matthew Hsu High Technology High School Lincroft, N.J.


Kelly Leifheit Sycamore High School Sycamore, Ill.

Photo IDs


Alexis Bradby Maryville High School Maryville, Tenn.


Hannah Gilbert Prior Lake High School Prior Lake, Minn.

Cheating is Wrong


Aaron Maxey Prosper High School Prosper, Texas


Vineeth Mohan Clovis North High School Clovis, Calif.

The ACT English Test


Breahna Gibbons John Paul II High School Irving, Texas


Cherilyn Rainer Homeschooled Taylors, S.C.

ACT Test Myths


Ian Brock Urban Prep Charter Academy Chicago, Ill.


Shelby Knighten Gautier High School Gautier, Miss.

The two-minute or shorter videos were judged on overall content (50%), creativity (25%) and visual appeal (25%). ACT may use the winning videos to encourage high school students to plan and prepare for college and the ACT Test. To view the winning entries, visit

The first-place winners will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice, and the second-place winners will each receive a $500 scholarship. Contest entrants were 11th and 12th grade high school students who plan to attend a 2- or 4-year college in the next two years.

The students who won first place provided details about their contest entries.

Matthew Hsu, a junior at High Technology High School in Lincroft, N.J., created his winning video to convey the dos and don’ts of test preparation. His side-by-side images show recommended test preparation tips in color, alongside black and white images of what not to do. Hsu plans to study computer science in college.

Alexis Bradby, a junior at Maryville High School in Maryville, Tenn., hopes to study film production upon graduation. For her video on the topic of how to submit a photo ID to register for the ACT Test, Bradby recruited friends to demonstrate valid photo selection.

Aaron Maxey chose the topic of why cheating on exams is wrong for his winning video. His goal was to convey important information in an entertaining and creative manner. Maxey hopes to study cinematic arts after graduating this spring from Prosper High School in Prosper, Texas.

Breahna Gibbons created her video to help ACT Test takers with the English portion of the exam. She used creative animation, motion and color to create a visually appealing, simple and straightforward message. A senior at John Paul II High School in Irving, Texas, Gibbons would like to study business marketing in college.

Ian Brock chose a question/answer interview format for his video entry, created to debunk common myths about the ACT Test. Brock hopes to study criminal justice at Morehouse College in Atlanta after graduation from Urban Prep Charter Academy in Chicago this spring.