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Student Wins EAA AirVenture Video Contest

October 25, 2007 —Caitlin Joosten, a sophomore biology major at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, was the clear winner in the first EAA AirVenture Video Contest that concluded last week. Joosten's entry, "EAA Sights and Sounds 2007," garnered nearly 80 percent of the final votes cast in an online poll, earning her the contest prize, a new Canon HV20 High Definition camcorder.

"Wow, that's great," she said when told she had won the contest. "Thank you so much for the good news!"

Joosten's winning video weaves clips of flying aircraft with brief interviews of AirVenture attendees describing why they attend. "This year was my first visit, and it was a lot more than I expected," she said. "I was amazed a how many people had been coming there for like 30 years or more."

Her boyfriend, who had attended EAA AirVenture since he was young, convinced her to accompany him this year on his annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh. When she visited www.AirVenture.org to learn more about the event, Joosten saw the story announcing the video contest. So she brought along her 10-year-old, hand-me-down video camera and shot clips throughout her two-day stay.

Although strictly an amateur-she's made little slide shows and videos for family and friends-Joosten enjoyed making the short AirVenture video using her new Macintosh computer and iMovie software. Now she has a brand new camera for future projects.

"This was a great way to create awareness of our new video player that was launched before AirVenture this year," said Adam Smith, EAA vice president of membership. "We're grateful to all who participated in our online poll, and especially wish to thank the people who entered the competition.

"The player has been extremely successful," he continued. "We've received wonderful feedback, and we're rapidly approaching a million views of the videos we've placed. It's great to spread the knowledge of aviation and AirVenture through the player, and we look forward to doing a lot more with online video throughout the rest of the organization."

Second place in the contest was "USAF 60th Anniversary," followed by "Busy OSH Arrival."

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