Women of Action
1st Place

2019 High School Winners

2019 Protecting Human Rights

By: Jade Christman

South Forsyth High School
Cumming, GA

Jade Christman is a senior at South Forsyth High School in Cumming, Georgia. Her AP Environmental Science teacher, Mrs. Lauer, assigned the video contest as a class project. Jade, inspired by the good reception her video received from her classmates, decided to submit her video to the contest. She decided to focus on protecting human rights because she feels it is a very relevant issue in today’s world and basic human rights for all should be first step in bettering our world. She went on to share, “I learned a lot during my research on the subject of women rights in developing countries in relation towards population growth, and heartily believe that students do benefit from partaking in the contest.”

For Jade, this was her first foray into the world of filmmaking. The most challenging part of the filmmaking process was editing, noting that it required a lot of cutting and clipping to get her visuals to sync up to her script. She shared, “I barely got it all down to 60 seconds, and when I did, I let out a sigh of relief!” Jade is no stranger to awards, having won a silver key for projects in science, and first place recognition for language proficiency in a poetry contest. Her advice for future contest participants is to be original.She stuck to the basics and made the video her own.

Jade is a member of several volunteering clubs to help give back to my community, such as Key Club, National Honors Society, and National Beta Club. She will be attending Georgia State University Honors College this fall where she hopes to pursue a career in biomedicine or neuroscience.