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Voting for Department of Education Video Contest Begins

Hundred of students from across the country submitted videos on why education is important as part of a Department of Education contest. You can watch the 10 finalists and vote for your favorite until December 4th.

Since September 21st, hundreds of students across the country responded to the President’s call to take greater responsibility for their education by creating videos explaining why education is important. In less than two months, students submitted more than 600 video entries.

In their entries, students talked about the goals they had for their future and the steps they would take to meet them. The submissions came from students from diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds, and the content ranged from music videos to short skits. The common theme in all of these videos was the understanding that education was the key to success. 

Secretary Arne Duncan recorded a message thanking all the students who submitted videos:

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Communications and Outreach has carefully reviewed each submission and narrowed the submissions down to 10 finalists based on creativity, strength and originality of content, and ability to inspire. These videos are now available for voting at

Voting for the videos runs from November 16th to December 4th. The three videos with the most votes at the end of this period will each win a $1,000 prize issued by the U.S. Department of Education.  

Eddie Lee is Confidential Assistant in the Office of Communications and Outreach at the Department of Education