GFC Staff Essay Contest Winners

Prior to Summer 2013 we arranged for our staff to do some web-based learning. The staff was asked to watch at least four TED talks from a pre-screened list and submit a one page essay on how that TED talk relates to camp. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Now, TED conferences exist throughout the world, and compelling speakers talk about hundreds of topics and issues. It’s a forum for learning and conversation. The talks we chose were compelling to watch and also taught valuable concepts and skills that were beneficial to the work our staff did this summer. We got over 100 essays from our staff and the response to the videos was very positive.

We chose five winning essays that we felt did the best job relating the material in the different TED talks to camp. Four second-prize winners were chosen and they were awarded $100 each. Our first prize winner was awarded $500. All of the winners were announced in front of the staff and campers after Shabbat services on July 27th.

We wanted to share with you the winning essays, as well as all of the TED talks that our staff watched prior to the summer. Each week we will share with you one of our winning essays on our blog. Below are the winners and all of the TED talks our staff watched. Have your own response to one of the Ted talks? Send it to us!

Second Prize Winner: Hana Epstein (Counselor/Art Specialist)

Don’t Tell me I’m Normal

Second Prize Winner: Brianna Kreditor (Counselor/Olim Fellow)

Connected But Alone

Second Prize Winner: Lior Haas (Media-Video Specialist)

Learning to Ask Why?

Second Prize Winner: Reut Medalion(Counselor/Dance Specialist) 

We Are The Champions

First Prize Winner: Julianne Schwartz (Counselor/Drama Specialist)

Taking Over The World, One Camp At A Time


TED Talks:

Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

Sherry Turkle: Alone Together

Shane Koyczan: To This Day for the Bullied and Beautiful or the animated version

Colin Stokes: How Movies Teach Manhood

Dan Ariely: What makes us feel good about our work?

Barry Schwartz: On the paradox of choice

Charlie Todd: The shared experience of absurdity

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

Kid President: I think we all need a pep talk

Susan Cain : the power of introverts

Faith Jegede: What I’ve learned from my autistic brothers

Carmen Agra Deedy: Spins stories

Lisa Colton: Innovation, Revolution and Tradition

Juan Enriquez: Your online life, permanent as a tattoo

Terry Moore: How to tie your shoes

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