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High School Contest Asks How Tomorrow’s Leaders Can Lead Today

Last year’s winner Miya Spinella with Chelsea O’Donnell | Submitted Photo

Journey Communications announced their second Create for Change campaign, a creative contest that challenges local high school students to use words, art, and music to show how thinking big can connect communities and inspire residents from all walks of life.

Last year, Miya Spinella from Bristol Eastern High School won the contest.

In her own words, “Lacking in acceptance isolates us by our differences instead of embracing them.” Miss Spinella also reminds us that, “When society is open minded and blends the values of various ideologies together, the society flourishes.”

Spinella was awarded a $500 prize towards her college education.

The Create for Change contest, which is open to all Bristol, Farmington, and West Hartford public high school students and 2018 graduates, challenges students to explore how power influences their lives today and how it inspires them to create change for the future.

Teens can submit their responses in essay, art, video, photo, or music form for the chance to win a $500 cash prize.

The contest was developed by local communications agency, Journey Communications, in an effort to give young people a chance to speak their minds using the medium of their choice.

Journey Communications founder, Chelsea O’Donnell, launched the two-year-old competition to give young people the opportunity to express themselves outside the classroom for a chance to win money that can be put towards their back-to-school needs.

“Create for Change lets our young people speak their minds and gives them a platform to inspire our community while competing for the chance to win some money to put towards their education, passion, or career,” says O’Donnell.

“Young people are the future leaders of our towns and cities and understanding the way that they see the world can give us an opportunity to make smarter, better decisions for both our futures and theirs.”

The Create for Change contest is now live and the students have from July 15th to July 31st, 2018 to submit their entry.

All submissions will be reviewed and judged based on the extent to which the entrant is able to articulate a thought-provoking answer to the entry question, the extent to which the entry includes an original, creative or inspiring idea and the overall impression of the entry.

The winner will be announced on August 25th, 2018.

For details, official rules, and to learn more about the Create for Change application process, visit

For contest updates, follow Journey Communications on Facebook at or Instagram at

Journey also welcomes local area businesses to get in touch for sponsorship opportunities and to discuss collaborative partnerships.

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