Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Chicago's Reality Check Winner Gets Message Across

In Illinois, the Naperville Sun reports that Naperville resident Shreya Santhanam, 15, was recognized this month as a winner in the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana “Reality Check” contest. The interactive video campaign was designed to empower girls to share the realities of their lives on video.

“I was really honored to win the contest because I entered — not to win — but to get my message across,” Santhanam said. “I hope that other girls not only see my passion for math and science, but also realize they should do what they love, whatever that may be.”

For her winning entry, the Illinois Math and Science Academy student interviewed several teachers and fellow IMSA students, which judges said demonstrated a “unique documentary storytelling approach to illustrate her love for math and science.”

The Reality Check contest was launched in October in response to a national research survey by the Girl Scout Research Institute that revealed almost half of girls ages 11 to 17 who regularly watch reality TV perceive it to be an accurate depiction of real life. According to the results of “Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV,” girls who “regularly view reality TV accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression and bullying in their own lives, and measure their worth primarily by their physical appearance.”

“The Reality Check campaign continues to be the microphone for all girls discovering their voice, and while the video contest has ended, the conversation on girls’ realities has just begun,” said Maria Wynne, CEO, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. “As we celebrate our 100th anniversary this year, the Girl Scouts continues to amplify the voice of the girl, as she reflects on her own reality, and how she’s going to take action to make the world a better place.”