BNT Earth Day Student Video Contest Winners

April 28, 2017

The Bermuda National Trust, together with sponsor Marshall, Diel & Myers celebrated Earth Day 2017 with the Earth Day Student Video Competition mini film festival and prize-giving for Primary, Middle and Senior School students at BUEI last Friday, April 21.

Prizes and awards were presented to the 75 students who submitted 24 videos with the first prize in the Primary School category going to Bermuda High School students Lily Jones and Ella Younie for their video about pollution called ‘Wave Goodbye to Pollution’. Yvé Smith, Kaylah Stamper and Layla Williams of Bermuda High School won the first prize in the Middle School category for their video called ‘Getting out into Nature’.

The videos focused on a wide variety of topics relating to the environment such as Local Food, Getting out into Nature, Remarkable Trees, The Ocean Around Us and The meaning of Earth Day.

Mark Diel of Marshall Diel & Myers is shown with Primary School winners Lily Jones and Ella Younie, whose video was called “Wave Goodbye to Pollution”.

EDV17 Primary School Winners

Students expressed their stories in different and engaging ways. Somerset Primary School students Anai Jjonbwe and Ethan Kessell filmed at Spittal Pond, Fort Scaur and Somerset Long Bay and showcased the beauty and value of these sites winning the ‘Best Awareness Ambassador Award’.

In the video ‘Remarkable Trees’, Bermuda High School students Cascidy Davis, Hannah Madeiros, Doireann O’Shaughnessy and Georgie Swayne used clever animation to showcase Bermuda’s trees, winning the ‘Most Informative Award’, while the video ‘Getting Out Into the Ocean Around Us’ by Somerset Primary School students India Bascome, Samantha Barbosa, Bethany Gibbons and Sumayyah Ramatar showed that everyone can help the fight against marine plastic pollution by cleaning up our beaches.

All of the videos and a complete listing of prizes and awards can be viewed on or on YouTube. The films will also be aired on CITV. The Trust hopes these productions will spark lively discussions and change habits towards a greener and healthier Bermuda. Several of the student teams will be doing their part by planting Bermuda Olivewood trees or Milkweed plants which were presented to them for entering the competition.

Mark Diel of Marshall Diel & Myers is shown with two members of the Middle School winning team of Yvé Smith, Kaylah Stamper and Layla Williams of Bermuda High School, whose video was called ‘Getting out into Nature’.

EDV17 Middle School winners

Director of Education Dr. Dörte Horsfield stated: “We were impressed by the wonderful variety of videos and also to see videos that focused on the connection of a healthy environment to the wellbeing of people. Several videos expressed the value of Bermuda’s outdoor spaces for exercise, relaxation and adventure or highlighted the overuse of electronic devices among the young generation.

She added: “We thank our sponsor Marshall, Diel & Myers and the dedicated teachers who inspired the students to become enthusiastic and motivated actors, story writers, animation artists, video producers and environmental activists.”

Marshall, Diel & Myers partner Mark Diel, who presented awards to the winning filmmakers, praised the students for their efforts. A keen scuba diver, Mr Diel said his firm had a long record of supporting the environment it was encouraging to see that young people recognized its importance.

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