Video correspondent: Gabriella H., from Alaska
Runner up: Tyler I., from North Carolina
Photo correspondent: Joseph R., from Pennsylvania
Runner up: Kelcey B., from Georgia
Blogger: Cadence F., from Maine
Runner up: Brandon N., from Virginia
All winners will become this year's Techno Teen Correspondents—sharing their delegation's experiences with the world. While on program, the correspondents will harness their technological savvy to provide real time, journalistic updates from abroad.
Grand prize winners in each category will secure $2,000 scholarships toward their tuition, and a state-of-the-art Vismo international phone from the experts at Cellhire. The video winner will also earn a Flipcam, and runner-ups will walk away with free Vismo rentals.
A longtime partner of People to People Ambassador Programs, Cellhire puts instant, international communication into the hands of its customers. Cellhire rental phones are more economical than activating international calling on your personal mobile phone and are jam-packed with top-of-the-line safety features, including GPS tracking and emergency-notification technology. Now, with unlimited data, free messaging, and pre-loaded Facebook applications, Ambassadors on the go can share their P2P experiences with the folks back home through real- time updates.
All three Techno Teen correspondents and three runners-up will be equipped with a Cellhire VISMO Blackberry rental which features:
The Vismo Blackberry will be available for Student Ambassadors in April. More details coming soon.
Greg has been in the telecommunications industry for more than 16 years. In addition to his love for the latest tech bells and whistles, Greg likes to explore his creative side—he owned a videography business and has recently picked up the guitar. Greg is thrilled that the Techno Teen scholarship provides the platform for ambitious students to get their life experiences to the world.
John has been heavily involved in wireless technology for more than 30 years—and has seen the industry come a long way since working with two-way radios. It is this ever-changing quality of the field that keeps his career fresh and interesting. John lives in Dallas with his family and is an avid cyclist and a big fan of the Austin music scene. He was enormously impressed by last year’s Techno Teen applicants and can’t wait to work with the 2012 winners.
Carlin is a junior in high school and was one of 2011’s Techno Teen correspondents. An aspiring journalist and the editor of her school’s newspaper, Carlin traveled as a Student Ambassador to China. Carlin blogged extensively while on program, armed with a Cellhire Vismo phone. She describes China as “extremely beautiful” and loved the spontaneity of her experiences. Describing her blog, she says, “I really wanted to tell a story with what I was doing. I think that’s why it was successful—I was so passionate about the writing.”
Carlin's advice for this year's applicants:
Don't just write what you do but how it makes you feel. The most successful blog I wrote was when I put my heart into it. The more of yourself you can put in, the more your readers can connect. Discuss what being an Ambassador means to you—it makes it that much more interesting.