Upstander Alliance Archive

Thank you to all who participated. We were overwhelmed by the incredible level of creativity, dedication, and upstander inspiration in each submission, and congratulate every school who participated!

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The 2012 "For Good" video contest winners were:

Grand prize winner Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Our Lady Queen of Heaven (OLQHS), from Lake Charles, LA began to promote Upstander behavior in their school by starting an anti-bullying club called SWAG – Students With Anti-Bullying Goals. SWAG is all about putting the power for positive change in the hands of those that are affected the most: youth. Through pledges, community engagement efforts, curriculum-based supports, and student-led plays and assemblies, SWAG has truly transformed the school into a community of Upstanders. According to Sue Ellen Stokeld, school guidance counselor and moderator for the video contest, since the beginning of SWAG, “OLQHS has become a SAFER place where bullying is no longer acceptable. The school’s conversation has changed. SWAG has brought together students, teachers, faculty, parents, and friends - all working towards a unified goal of creating the SAFEST environment for everyone in the community.” As the Grand Prize winning school, Our Lady Queen of Heaven received a $500.00 grant from BullyBust to continue its excellent bully prevention efforts and a special visit from select cast members of WICKED!
View video clip in School Tube.

Our two finalists will receive exciting gifts from our partners and WICKED:

Finalist Jericho Middle School
Jericho Middle School of Long Island, New York took the challenge of the “For Good” video contest and excelled to become one of our amazing finalists. Along with their Technology Teacher, Mr. Matthew Silva, the 6th grade class at Jericho submitted their video during their Bully Prevention Awareness Month. With the help of their school activities and BullyBust’s Upstander Alliance tool kits the class began to engage in meaningful conversations about bullying and what it means to be an Upstander in their school community. When the class learned about the contest they stood up to the challenge to show other schools their passion, positivity and Upstander behavior.
View video clip in School Tube.
Finalist Grand Valley High School
Grand Valley High School showed their spirit for WICKED and passion for making change in their school through their video. To the Ashtabula County Technical & Career Center Interactive Multimedia class at Grand Valley High School, this video was not only important to their school but also to their wider community. During filming for the video, the tragic shootings took place at Chardon High School, which neighbors Grand Valley. According to Multimedia Instructor, Kris Doran, that event changed his students’ focus and scope for the video.The day after the event they began working on their video as a tribute to the students of Chardon and a way to lift the spirits of their peers.
View video clip in School Tube.

To view all of the inspiring submissions, please visit: and click on the "Community Uploads" button.

Judging Panel

View a personal message from American writer and author of the novel Wicked, Gregory Maguire.

Featured Ambassador: Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University. His work as a consultant in creative writing for children has taken him to speaking engagements across the United States and abroad. He is a founder and co-director of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a non-profit educational charity established in 1987. The author of numerous books for children, Mr. Maguire is also a contributor to Am I Blue?: Coming Out From the Silence, a collection of short stories for gay and lesbian teenagers.