Members Win #FreeCommunityCollegeStory Competition

Aaron “Ron” Lacambra, an officer in the Omega Phi Chapter at Broward College’s North Campus in Florida, is the winner of Heads Up America’s #FreeCommunityCollegeStory video competition and the $2,000 grand prize.

Lacambra submitted a powerful video about his journey from the Philippines to Florida, where he’s already kicking off his engineering career. He also used the video to express why we need free community college. Watch it here.

Mark Lopez, a member of the Beta Tau Alpha Chapter at Long Beach City College (LBCC) in California, placed third in the competition and received a $100 Amazon gift card. His video detailed his experience benefitting from the Long Beach College Promise, which offers graduates of the Long Beach Unified School District a tuition-free semester at LBCC. Check out his video.

The Instagram-based competition was hosted by Heads Up America, the grass-roots movement to spread the word about the value of community college and to support America’s College Promise. Students were encouraged to share their community college story in a one-minute video, upload it to Instagram and tag @HeadsUpAmerica.

Nineteen videos were submitted. The public voted on their favorites October 3-9 — more than 6,000 votes were cast — and winners were announced October 17. The $500 second-place prize was awarded to Muhammad Hamideh.

Phi Theta Kappa has joined more than 100,000 people who have pledged their support for America’s College Promise through the Heads Up America campaign. Throughout the country, more than 9 million students stand to benefit from the success of the Heads Up movement.