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"I Am What I Learn" Contest Winners

The Department of Education recently announced the winner of its "I Am What I Learn" video contest where students shared how education is helping them achieve their goals.

The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that the following students are winners of its “I Am What I Learn” video contest: Rene Harris, Alex Hughes and Jordan Lederman. Watch the web chat between Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the winners below:

The contest, launched Sept. 21, asked students to create videos, up to two minutes long, about the importance of education in achieving their personal goals. Students across the country submitted more than 600 videos, which featured stories from diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. 
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Communications and Outreach carefully reviewed each of the  videos and narrowed the group to 10 finalists, which were announced on Nov. 16.  More than 28,000 votes were cast between Nov. 16 and Dec. 4.  The winners were the top three vote getters and will each receive a $1,000 cash prize from the U.S. Department of Education.

The videos of the winners and the rest of the finalists can be viewed at

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