Shawville’s April Judd Wins the Girls’ Voices for Good Challenge

Like so many other local graduates, there was little pomp and circumstance surrounding April Judd’s recent graduation from John Abbot College. In fact, there was no graduation at all, no cap and gown, no jubilant celebration, and no teary goodbyes. Her college days were over before she even knew it. This year will be very […]

Like so many other local graduates, there was little pomp and circumstance surrounding April Judd’s recent graduation from John Abbot College. In fact, there was no graduation at all, no cap and gown, no jubilant celebration, and no teary goodbyes. Her college days were over before she even knew it. This year will be very memorable for all 2020 grads, but not for the reasons they had imagined.
April’s plans changed drastically with an announcement in mid-March that sent her home in the middle of the year to isolate with her family. At the time she had no way of knowing that she would not be back and that year-end ceremonies and celebrations would all be canceled.
April channeled her feelings into something positive and found a wonderful way to document and share her experience by entering the “Girls’ Voices for Good Class of 2020 Challenge.”
The Challenge, to create a moment in history from a unique perspective, motivated April to produce a brilliant video recording how the coronavirus changed her senior year, the challenges she faced, the lessons she learned, and her hopes for the future.
379 girls from 49 countries entered the contest. April Judd won first place and a $1,000 scholarship.
Watch the video below as April captures her moment in history with wit, honesty, and a maturity beyond her years. We can all learn a little from her positivity as she reflects, “Life is never how we expect it to be and that’s okay. It just may be what makes it worth living.”
Congratulations April

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