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My Town GR North: NorthPointe Christian students compete to give away $1,000
My Town GR North: NorthPointe Christian students compete to give away $1,000

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Before wrapping up their school year, NorthPointe Christian School students competed in an unusual contest: Who has the best idea of where to give $1,000?

The exact challenge: create a one-minute video explaining what you would do with $1,000 that would make a difference in impacting the world for Jesus Christ.  The incentive: $1,000 in prize money.

Coined “Heart Prize 2014,” the contest motivated 46 NorthPointe Christian middle and high school students to step up to the challenge.  Students passionately presented local, national and world causes to their fellow student body, inviting the school as a whole to consider needs outside themselves.  Hundreds of views and votes poured in through the contest’s youtube channel, eventually narrowing down the entries to a top six.

One of the top six contestants was Tadesse Yasin.

“I was once a poor and needy child in Ethiopia.  What I would really like to do is help the kids who have a big dream just like me.  I would give to Children’s Hope Chest in Ethiopia,” Yasin explained.

The most votes and privilege of giving away $1,000 went to Jonathan Roberts, Leah Noorthoek, Peter Sarver, and Jake Melton, who together made a compelling video about their choice cause- End It, an organization seeking to eradicate slavery.   With their winnings, the group intends to reinvest in their recent start-up, BroDough Outfitters.  They started the business with the intention of combatting slavery by donating 50 percent of their profits to End It. 

HeartPrize 2014 inspired a group of teachers to pool together an additional $500, divided among the remaining top five finalists.  While only a few winners enjoyed giving money away, all participants won the real challenge of thinking outside themselves and about God’s heart.

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