In January, the New York Times held its fourth annual 15-second vocabulary video contest in collaboration with Vocabulary.com. The contest drew entries from nearly 900 teenagers throughout the world, including students in a film class taught by Mike Chimes, Gill’s director of academic technology. From that group, 44 students were honored by the New York Times: 12 winners, 14 runners up and 18 honorable mentions. Yesterday, Chimes announced that sophomores John Baber and Mark Lewis had been selected as runners up, and sophomore Tyler Merna garnered an honorable mention—three of the six students in his film class. "Students really enjoyed this project and taking part in an international competition," he said. "When they reviewed last year’s winners, they felt that they could make films that would be competitive. It was a really nice surprise when we learned that three of the six students in the class had been recognized by the New York Times."
According to the rules of the contest, the video makers (ages 13-19) can choose from among New York Times Word of the Day selections, a compilation that now boasts more than 1,600 offerings. In addition, all definitions must come from Word of the Day or Vocabulary.com. In the video—which cannot run longer than 15 seconds—the word must be pronounced, defined and its part of speech identified. The best videos will use artistry and creativity to help viewers learn the word and better understand its meaning.
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