Calvary Presbyterian youth make Top 10, now hoping for $25,000 prize for video

Now that their video "Changes" has made it into the Top 10, Calvary Presbyterian Church's youth think they have a chance of earning the $25,000 prize.

"I feel like we have a great chance at winning," said David W. Smith, who served as the director. "I felt like getting enough votes from our small town would be our only obstacle. We have a great chance of winning now. Honestly, a lot of the other videos are not very good. I don't see why they wouldn't choose ours."

"I am so excited that our video is in the Top 10," said Tyler Salsbury, who plays one of the video's leads. "I knew we had one of the best videos there but we are a small church so getting the votes was gonna be tough. Now that we made it I feel our chances have gone up. It isn't a popularity contest anymore which means we have a much better chance to win this thing."

Presbyterian youth groups from across the country were invited to participate in the Youth Video Challenge as part of Youth Mission Initiative Live. Each two- to four-minute video had to reflect the theme John 7:38, "Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living waters."

The Enumclaw church youth group had to draw enough online votes to make the Top 10. Calvary picked up 308 of the 6,300 votes cast overall. Voting closed June 8 and finalists were announced June 9. The other finalists are from Salem, Ore., Minneapolis, Minn., Boston, Moorestown, N.J., Arlington, Va., Roswell, Ga., Prairie Village, Kan., Marquette, Mich., and Ross, Ohio.

The final two videos will be determined by the General Assembly Youth Task Force. The winning youth groups will receive a $25,000 endowment fund to support the youth ministries at their church. These youth groups will be announced during General Assembly held in Minneapolis, Minn., in July.

"If we were given the money I feel it should be put away for our youth group to go on a mission trip so we can touch the lives of others hopefully as our video has already done," Salsbury said.

Smith said the youth group was hoping to use its winnings for a mission trip, but since the money will appear in portions over a period of time, it might be more attractive to provide scholarships for college-bound graduates.

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