Alexandra Polidoro, a student at Our Lady of Mercy in Syosset, has won the 2014 Mercy Beyond Borders national video competition.
Mercy Beyond Borders, founded in 2008, partners with displaced women and girls in ways that alleviate their extreme poverty. They began in South Sudan, which has one-quarter of the world’s displaced peoples, and later expanded to Haiti, where tens of thousands remain displaced since the 2010 earthquake. Mercy Beyond Borders is based in California and is committed to linking displaced women and girls with resources for their development.
Because Mercy Beyond Borders is convinced that Where Women Learn, Women Matter, all of our projects with women or girls, whether promoting health, supporting economic development, or providing formal schooling and scholarships, include an educational component.
The theme for this year’s video contest was Scholars’ Leadership Training in South Sudan. The judges noted that Alex’s winning video stood out with“smooth technique, use of stills and video, highlighting a way forward, and use of composed rather than pre-produced music.”
Alex was awarded a prize of $1000, which she has graciously donated back to Our Lady of Mercy Academy’s Fine Arts Department. A donation will also be forwarded to Mercy Beyond Borders from the proceeds raised in the OLMA Cupcake Wars.