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“Your School, Your Documentary” Student Video Competition Encourages High Schoolers to Speak out on Education

Viewer's Choice Voting Open to Public Now Through Dec. 18

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Voting is now open for "Your School, Your Documentary," a Facebook video competition that allows high school students to voice their opinions about the state of education. Facebook users can vote for their favorite videos through Dec. 18 at: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=134309927995. Voters have a chance to win Flip UltraHD video cameras.

Though students are the ones spending time in classrooms, their insights are often overlooked. The "Your School, Your Documentary" contest gives students a digital platform to participate in the ongoing debate about the future of education and a creative outlet through which to express their opinions to Facebook audiences worldwide.

More than 50 videos have been submitted by students from across the country, including entries from Alaska, Hawaii, California, New Mexico, New Hampshire and Virginia. Topics range from cultural diversity to grading practices to daily life on campus. More than 12,000 votes have been cast since the launch of the voting phase. Five of the videos have been selected as "Judge's Choice" Award nominees.

Some standout videos include:

  • "A High School Like No Other," a video by a homeschooled student who has traveled cross country in an RV with his parents acting as his teachers and the nation serving as his classroom.
  • "Men in Orange," a video about the power of school spirit at Lewis and Clark High.
  • "UW - Living in Diversity," a video about the diversity of cultures in a school in New Mexico with students from around the world.
The winners will be announced on Facebook in January. Two winners will receive MacBook Pro laptops and nine runners-up will get Flip UltraHD video cameras. The contest rules may be found at http://apps.facebook.com/projectnewschool/rules?version=1.0.

Kaplan Virtual Education (KVE), a leading provider of online sixth through 12th grade education, is hosting the contest. KVE offers flexible, individualized and high-quality curriculum and instruction to promote student success. KVE operates public and private schools that provide a wide variety of accredited learning options for middle and high school students, schools and school districts. Kaplan Virtual Education offers public school options in California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, Idaho, Wisconsin and Florida. KVE private schools, which are available to students across the nation, include Kaplan College Preparatory School, Kaplan High School and Kaplan University High School. KVE is accredited by AdvancED. For more information, visit www.kaplanonlineschools.com.

Kaplan Virtual Education is part of Kaplan Higher Education, which serves more than 100,000 students online and through more than 70 campus-based schools across the U.S. and abroad. Kaplan Higher Education also has online programs through Kaplan University. Kaplan Higher Education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from high school diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris doctor degree. Kaplan Higher Education is part of Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO). For more information, visit www.portal.kaplan.edu.

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