Westminster teen's video on religious freedom wins national award

Westminster resident Nicholas Bullis has been named the national video winner in the 2012-2013 First Freedom Student Competition.

Bullis, a junior at Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, will receive a $2,500 award for his video of more than seven minutes on religious freedom has been threatened in America.

The competition has 1,842 students in grades nine through 12 in public, private, parochial high schools as well as home-schooled students.

This year's topic was President George Washington's letter to the Jewish congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, on the standard for religious freedom and religious equality.

Bullis also incorporated the harassment of members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints in his video on how well the United States has lived up to Washington's ideal. 

The video can be viewed at: http://www.firstfreedom.org/content/2013_Video_Winner.html.

The competition is hosted by the First Freedom Center, a non-partisan, non-denominational, non-profit organization that advances the fundamental human rights of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience through education, monitoring, and advocacy programs. 

Its three successive rounds of judging draw on a pool of more than 80 judges from across the country. Judges for the first round are historians, historical site and museum professionals, retired educators and business executives. Judges for the semi-final round are constitutional-law and religious-freedom scholars. Finalists are judged by experts in the fields of higher education and law.


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