(October 29, 2012)

Centenary student finalist in UMC Yes! Video Contest

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary senior Krista McKinney has been named as one of seven finalists — the only from the state of Louisiana — in the YES! Video Contest, a national competition organized by the National Association of Schools & Colleges of the United Methodist Church (NASCUMC). McKinney's entry sought to answer NASCUMC's question: Why does your school's connection to the United Methodist Church matter?

Krista McKinney
Krista McKinney

"I entered this contest because I thought the concept was really interesting and campus ministry has been a big aspect of my Centenary experience," said McKinney, a double major in Communication and Studio Art. "Students at Centenary are encouraged to take action and study causes that interest them—this is definitely one of my many interests!"

McKinney's submission was chosen out of 34 entries from students at 25 NASCUMC schools. Her video explores how students and alumni have grown from their experience of Centenary as a United Methodist College, focusing on the concepts of serving, connecting, worshipping, and continuing.

A DeRidder native, McKinney has always had a passion for campus ministry. She has been a member of the Christian Leadership Center since her freshmen year at Centenary and has served on mission trip to Fayetteville, AR, and Memphis, TN. She is also one of the leaders of Serve Another in Love (S.A.I.L.), a student-led service organization committed to inspiring a culture of caring on Centenary's campus.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a GoPro HDHero2 camera, FinalCutProX video editing software, and three hours of one-on-one coaching in direction, cinematography, and editing. First, second, and third-place winners will be selected by popular vote. Voting for the competition has since closed.