Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Announces 2015 Video Contest Winners!

Published Wednesday, February 11, 2015 1:45 pm

Today the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced the top 3 videos from the online video contest announced at the Chamber’s 2015 Annual Dinner on February 3rd. Through a partnership with WKU Public Broadcasting Department, 10 top broadcasting students worked closely with the Chamber’s Annual Dinner music video sponsors to uniquely showcase the accomplishments of 2014.  These business sponsors also connected with students in elementary, middle and high schools, which further emphasizes the advancement of Business-Education partnerships encouraged in multiple Chamber strategic initiatives in 2014. In addition to showcasing the videos at the 2015 Annual Dinner, the Chamber created an online contest to determine the top 3 favorite videos and will award partial scholarships to the WKU student producers.  

 "Our partnership with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce served two educational initiative goals.  It provided college students the opportunity to serve as mentors in area schools with students who share like interests.  Also, it was an outstanding opportunity for WKU students to understand how client service areas of business operate by working directly with sponsors,” said David Brinkley, Director of Educational Communications at Western Kentucky University.

 “Annual Dinner’s video competition concept, in a way, was an extension of The Leader in Me. Many of the evening’s event sponsors are also our biggest investors in The Leader in Me initiative, which raised $1.45 million to incorporate FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits into our schools K-12 grade. With middle and high school students, they’ve moved beyond the days of reciting the habits to now creatively applying what they’ve learned, showing their leadership and connecting with our businesses. It’s a win-win. Providing these talented WKU Public Broadcasting students the opportunity gain real-world experience, building relationships with potential future clients when they join the workforce in their field, is irreplaceable. We appreciate the more than 600 Chamber partners in attendance at Annual Dinner,  our biggest event of the year, helping these students realize their accomplishments with supportive applause, a few good laughs, and their votes. ” said Tonya Matthews, Vice President of Partnership Services at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.  ” said Tonya Matthews, Vice President of Partnership Services at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. 

 Today, the Chamber is proud to announce the top 3 videos and the winners of scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $400.

  Most Popular Video and Winner of a $1,000 Scholarship

 Jelisa Chatman for “Downtown” sponsored by President’s Club Bronze Star Partner BKD, LLP.

 Jelisa Chatman is from Franklin, Tennessee.  She will graduate in December of 2015 with a degree in Broadcasting, specializing in Radio and Television Operation. She hopes to work her way up to being a Program Director and Station Manager at a radio station.  She discovered that she wanted to go into the broadcasting field during high school.  She became involved with her high school’s broadcasting department and was lucky enough to not only be good at what she was learning… she really enjoyed it!  She is also very excited that she finally learned how to ride a bike last summer.

 2nd Place Video and Winner of a $600 Scholarship

 William (Drake) Hicks for “Motorsports” sponsored by President’s Club Gold Star Partner Bowling Green Metalforming

 Drake (William) Hicks is from Wingo, Kentucky.  He will graduate in May of 2015 with a degree in Broadcasting, specializing in television production.  There’s not a specific area of broadcasting he is hoping to go into, as long as it is in the broadcasting field, he’ll be happy.  He would love to work somewhere in, or close to, Nashville.  He became involved in television production because he wanted to be involved in providing an escape for everyone after a hard day at work.  He says, “No matter how good or bad your day has been, entertainment helps.” One of the things on his bucket list is to eventually perform stand-up comedy.

 3rd Place Video and Winner of a $400 Scholarship

 Derek Cressman for “Expansion” sponsored by President’s Club Bronze Star Partner Scott, Murphy, & Daniel LLC

 Derek Cressman will graduate in May of 2016 with a degree in Broadcasting, concentrating in Television production. He is from Nashville, Tennessee.  After he graduates he would love to be involved in the field of broadcasting, either with a TV station, or working at a video production company.  He became interested in broadcasting while taking several classes in high school, and was thrilled to be able to attend a university where he could pursue a higher education in the field.  

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About the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce:

Incorporated in 1935, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is a 5-Star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2009 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Chamber serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,100 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors in order to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.