And the winner of our student contest is…

30 Sep

Copeland's contest winner Grace CampbellGRACE CAMPBELL!

This could have ended up being one of those classic Dewey Defeats Truman stories, because Grace dueled with Brandon Wright of UVic until the very last minute to see who would claim the win, become our Managing Director 4 a Day and pocket the $500. The two of them went back and forth with the lead, proving their resourcefulness and dogged determination to win. Epic!

With 1402 votes in, Grace’s margin of victory was only 4 votes. She was trailing by 19 with two hours to go and I actually wrote this post announcing Brandon as the winner. I then had to throw another one together at the last minute! It was as hairy for us as it was for the contestants.

By her own admission, she took the contest very seriously, handing out flyers, hosting meet & greets at Royal Roads, and getting included in the university’s e-newsletter that came out Friday afternoon.

Well, congratulations Grace. You squeaked it out. This native Yukoner, back in school after a 5-year break planting trees, showed what a quick study she is. To get her votes, Grace also created a Facebook Group called Grace Campbell Needs Some LOVE, and worked her Facebook and Twitter friends and followers  to death throughout the week.

Grace Campbell's tweet for votes

Our thanks to the other finalists Brandon and Connor Bildfell, for making this a hugely entertaining and good-spirited contest. Especially Brandon who was closing the gap for the umpteenth time as the contest ended. Amazing effort.

And our appreciation to our judges Kathi Springer of The Pace Group and Brian Hartz of Douglas Magazine.

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6 Responses to “And the winner of our student contest is…”

  1. srosger September 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Well deserved, very resourceful!

  2. Doug Brown October 1, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    And all this after 5 years of planting trees! You weren’t advising her were you Stephan…?

  3. Cor Bo October 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Grace was so energized about this contest! She got our whole program behind her. After school on Friday a group of classmates got together at Six Mile pub. When we saw that Grace was down by 1% in the final hour, we all lined up our laptops and started hounding everyone we saw on Facebook chat to log on and vote. I’m glad it made a difference! Grace really worked hard for this and I think it is well deserved. You will be happy with her performance, I’m sure!
    Good rallying on your end Brandon – your video was great too! You made a lot of people work for this win for Grace! Awesome contest.

  4. Doug Brown October 3, 2011 at 5:02 am #

    Wow, that is quite amazing Cor. Thank you for letting us know how deep and committed Grace’s support was. Very ingenious thinking! We hadn’t had a contest vote on Facebook before and we guessed we would see some new tactics, but grabbing friends in Facebook chat was inspired!

  5. Eleanor October 3, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Yay! Good work to Grace. Have a great experience. Many Yukoners were rooting for you. Although I had no idea you were from here.

  6. Doug Brown October 3, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    What do you know Eleanor! You felt the Yukon connection I’m sure, like a sixth sense. Like seeing dead people.

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