Grand Prize Winning Class Receives a Digital Camera/Docking Station and
Computer Workstation and The History Channel Video Library for their Classroom
NEW YORK, March 1, 2006—The History Channel® and Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey today announced the Grand Prize winner and four runners up of the third annual Hispanic Heritage Photography Contest. The contest was created as part of the companies' overall celebration of Hispanic heritage for select high schools in New York City and New Jersey. To enter, classes registered to create a collage comprised of original photos depicting a portrayal of Hispanic culture in their neighborhoods. One-time use cameras were made available to the schools. The winning collages are being displayed exclusively in the Youth Gallery at the El Museo del Barrio through March.
The Grand Prize winning class is the Michael J. Petrides School (Staten Island). The four First Place winners are classes from: Fort Hamilton High School (Brooklyn); The High School for Law and Public Service (Manhattan); New Dorp High School (Staten Island) and Tottenville High School (Staten Island).
The Grand Prize winning class receives a digital camera including a docking station and a fully-loaded computer workstation for their classroom. Each of the runners up will receive a comprehensive Hispanic-themed video library for their school from The History Channel.
"The Hispanic Heritage Photography Contest is a key part of our networks' commitment to the celebration of the rich Latino culture. With more than 40 hours of Latino-themed programming, we feel it's important to highlight the richness of Hispanic culture on-air as well as in school," says Dr. Libby O'Connell, Senior Vice President, Corporate Outreach and Chief Historian, The History Channel. "With the help of Time Warner Cable, this project makes history come alive in the classroom by engaging students and connecting the past with the present."
"The creativity of the collages and level of enthusiasm we've seen from New York City school students over the last three years is remarkable," said Harriet Novet, Vice President, Public Affairs, Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey. "The pride with which the students depict the depth and flavor Hispanic culture is evident in their entries, and we're delighted these artistic expressions will be on view to the public at El Museo del Barrio."
A panel of judges representing The History Channel, Time Warner Cable and El Museo del Barrio, selected the winners representing areas of study in Spanish, English, Social Studies, Photography and Art. Entries were judged, in equal parts, on relevance to the theme, creativity, originality, execution and presentation.
Juan Manuel Benitez, Reporter for NY1 Noticias, was on hand to host the reception in honor of the winning entries at El Museo del Barrio. He congratulated the students and was happy to participate in this rich cultural event.
Now reaching more than 88 million Nielsen subscribers, The History Channel®, "Where History Lives," brings history to life in a powerful manner and provides an inviting place where people experience history personally and connect their own lives to the great lives and events of the past. The History Channel has earned six News and Documentary Emmy® Awards and received the prestigious Governor's Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the network's "Save Our History®" campaign dedicated to historic preservation and history education. The History Channel web site is located at www.History.com. Press Only: For more information and photography please visit us on the web at www.historychannelpress.com.
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