US Department of Education Launches "I Am What I Learn" Student Video Contest

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Today, Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan issued a video announcement encouraging students to respond to the President's call to take responsibility for their education. Students aged 13 or older are invited to create videos up to 2 minutes long, describing the role education will play in achieving their dreams, and the goals they will set for themselves to get there. The top three videos will each win a $1,000 prize, issued by the US Department of Education.  Students can submit videos until November 2. There are no style restrictions - so be creative!
  • The contest rules are as follows:
  • Video must be 2 minutes or less in length
  • Each video must be submitted by an active student, age 13 and older
  • Contestants chosen as finalists will be contacted through their YouTube account and must respond within 7 business days to confirm eligibility
  • Students under the age of 18 must submit a parental consent form
  • The Department of Education's website ( must be featured in the video
  • The video must be unique in content
  • The video must convey the importance of education as well as the student’s individual academic goals
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Liz Utrup is Special Assistant for Communications at the Department of Education

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