Youth Media Awards

2018 Award Winners

PECO Judges’ Awards

These films were selected as the best of the fest. In addition to receiving recognition in their individual categories, they were chosen by the judges as the standout films for their commitment to storytelling, technical proficiency, and intangible greatness.

First Place: The Living Fossil — Kathryn Lewis, Harriton High School

Second Place: Mixed: My Story of Learning to Love Myself — Diamalis Santana, Emile Zesa, Julia de Burgos School

Third Place: A Lesson in Communications — Matt Lee, Abington Senior High School

Third Place: The Worst Day — Max Hakim, Parkland High School


High School Documentary

First Place: Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books — Isaac Mandel, Maddy Dumont, Matthew McQuillan, and Lucas Johnston-Peck, Germantown Friends School

Second Place: Agents of Change — Madeline Keith, Shumpei Chosa, John Hudson Fort, George School

Third Place: The Living Fossil— Kathryn Lewis, Harriton High School


High School Narrative

First Place: A Lesson in Communications— Matt Lee, Abington Senior High School

First Place: The Worst Day — Max Hakim, Parkland High School

Third Place: Save Lives – Don’t Text and Drive — Jessica Schlagenhaft, Daria Saxton, Chris Brandsema, Zach Ramos, Trevor Stankiewitch, Lacey Township High School


High School News

First Place: Occupy ICE — Sofia Ireland, Nate Pullano, Charles Doran, Emma Hodgson, and Daniel Steenkamer, WHYY Summer Journalists

Second Place: Cat Tales — Nate Pullano, Shawnay Davison, Anurag Raychowdhury, Miles Hodges, and Katie Turk, WHYY Summer Journalists

Third Place: Lock and Key: Balancing School Culture and School Security — Andrew Rowan and Andrew Shah, Moorestown Friends School


High School Open

First Place: The Blood Hounds — Jalen Ramseur-Williams, Jahquan Hall, Christian Ruiz, and Oisin Fennelly, Philadelphia High School For Creative and Performing Arts

Second Place: How To: Be a Man — Aaron Razi, Ben Senior, Ella Friedman, Emerson Pre-College 16mm Filmmaker’s Workshop

Third Place: I AM — Aaliyah Fisher, Cindy Pham, Amanda Smith, Delphi Teen Media Program


Middle School Documentary/News

First Place: Mixed: My Story of Learning to Love Myself— Diamalis Santana, Emile Zesa, Julia de Burgos School

Second Place: Ximena — Anyea, Treaquan, Kiomy, Jamayra, Jeysha Lee, Ixchel, Isabeal, Diamalis, and Dalyneshka, Julia de Burgos School

Third Place: The Gayborhood — Finn Giddings, Tahsin Zaman, and Colin Bowerman, Penn Alexander School


Middle School Open

First Place: THE TAPE – Mario Guglielmi, Austen Cho, Jett Bolker, Penn Alexander School
Second Place: The Raven Department — Noah Eggerts, Julia R. Masterman Middle School
Third Place: Stressmask Part One – Official Extended Trailer — Spencer Thorne, Friends Central School

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