Congratulations to Alexandra Gusinski '26, who won the Constituting America National Award for her public service announcement on the First Amendment. Alexandra animated, wrote, and produced her PSA "Why Do We Need the Constitution?" to educate people on the importance of the First Amendment's protection of our freedom of speech, press, assembly, petition, and religion.
Alexandra is excited to serve on Constituting America's Youth Advisory Board. Constituting America is a nonpartisan, educational, non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Actress Janine Turner and co-chaired by Janine Turner and Cathy Gillespie. Constituting America describes its mission as utilizing "the culture and multi-media outreach such as television, music, film, internet, and social media to reach, educate and inform America's adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights."
September 17, 2020 is Constitution Day, commemorating the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution. To mark this occasion, Alexandra will participate in Constituting America's Live Constitution Day Zoom, in which PSA and short film winners will work with students to create storyboards and plan ideas to create new PSAs and short films. You can watch Alexandra's live interview, broadcast 12:15-12:45 p.m. on September 17.
Alexandra describes her experience creating the PSA and serving on the Youth Advisory Board, explaining,
"My babysitter, Annie, won this competition years ago with her song, https://constitutingamerica.org/annie-nirschel/, and she gifted me her "Our Constitution Rocks" book by Juliette Turner. I was inspired while reading the book and learning about the seven articles and twenty-seven amendments. In those days, I was also watching this cool hand-drawn whiteboard animation online, and I wanted to try it. I decided to make a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for this competition, explaining the first amendment visually with a hand-drawn whiteboard animation. I used my iPad, a dry erase marker, and a whiteboard. I made the animation on Stop Motion and edited it all together on iMovie. I spent hours drawing, filming, erasing, drawing, filming, erasing, and finally editing, recording the voice-over, and adding in the final tweaks and touch-ups.
If you look at my creation more than once, you will see that the eagle, which I meant in my artwork to be representing the U.S. president, is wearing a skirt. I wanted to show that in my world, the U.S. president is a woman.
It is such a privilege to sit with such amazing and talented people in the Constituting America Youth Advisory Board. Each one of us always has ideas on how to improve Constituting America. When we meet monthly, we talk about current events and how to promote our organization so that people can learn about the U.S. Constitution. These are our rights, and all kids, teenagers, and adults should know them."