Pictured above are the winners of Ronald McDonald Charity House’s 2014 My Inspirational Story contest. This contest sought to give Asian American teenagers both encouragement to and an outlet for development of self-expression and personal voice. The winners were selected by an esteemed panel of judges, which included award-winning journalists, writers, bloggers and hosts from The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Complex Media, US Weekly, Entertainment Weekly and MTV. The videos were judged on the basis of originality, content development and production quality.
Winners were along a spectrum of ages, from the youngest winner Michael Ye at 14 and the oldest (Yee Man Chan and Thomas Mun) at 18, covering topics from breakdancing and rapping to the significance of family. All videos can be watched at RMCH’s website. This contest serves as a great impetus for Asian American students to let their voices be heard beyond just their immediate community. Here’s to all the filmographers, fashion designers, and story-tellers of tomorrow!