Lily Cring, Winner: Best PSA

 

Lily Cring is a 17-year-old senior at Western High School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She is President of the Theatre and Drama Club, President of her Chorus, and a National Speech & Debate competitor. She has a passion for contributing to her community, and in her free time is an intern for a non-profit that organizes student-led programs for feeding underprivileged children. She has a special place in her heart for cows and has sworn off eating beef for that reason. She has been accepted to attend the University of Central Florida in the fall.

Click here for Lily’s winning PSA

Our Interview With Lily

Was this the first time you entered the contest?
I first entered a contest in 2020. My sister had won before and we learned what a great scholarship program it was, so I entered. I was over the moon to find out I had won in 2020 and 2021.

How did you hear about the contest?
From my older sister, Isabella.

What inspired your work?
For my generation, it can sometimes feel like we are disconnected from our democracy. I wanted to show that we have power in our voices in the way our government is set up.

What did you learn while creating your entry?
A lot about editing and continuity – it’s amazing what you can do with a few wigs and a video editing program!

How do you plan to spread the word this year to your peers about the importance of the U.S Constitution?
When I send people my PSA’s, I always get really good reactions. Mostly, they say they “never looked at it that way.” I love to use my work to inspire others my age to use their vote and their voice.

How do your friends respond to history or talking about the Constitution?
My friends are pretty open minded, and we all firmly believe in using our freedom of speech and freedom of protest in order to make a change.

What do you love about U.S. History and the forming of our government?
How our form of government is built to change with the will of the people. The Constitution can be amended! And thanks to that, I’ll be able to vote for the first time in 2022.

Which U.S. historical site would you like to visit?
I would love to visit Mount Rushmore.

Which American historical figure is most influential/inspirational to you?
John Jay is really inspirational to me. Not only was he a founding father, but he was the first chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Who is your greatest role model?
My role model is my dad. He was always taught me to love others and use my voice to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

What in your life are you most passionate about?
I am passionate about equality and fair treatment for all – animals and humans alike!

How do you spend your free time?
I spend my free time listening to music, loving animals, and volunteering at my local food bank.

What are your plans for the future?
I’m currently going to school planning to pursue environmental law. I hope to be an animal rights activist someday!

If you could do one super impactful thing to help people, what would it be?
Many people would say world peace, I think the first attainable step towards that is ending food insecurity.

Why is the Constitution relevant today?
The Constitution is relevant today because it protects our right to use our voice. It teaches us that we are not powerless in the laws and legislations being passed.

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