8.30.2013

WellSpring Announces Four Winners of Student Video Contest: Why I Chose Wellspring

WellSpring School of Allied Health received tons of fun, creative and heartwarming submissions for its “Why I Chose WellSpring” video contest. Students submitted videos describing their desires, their career goals and how WellSpring is helping them on the path to realizing their dreams. 

Don Farquharson, president of WellSpring said, “We have wanted to run a contest like this for almost two years, so we were absolutely delighted by the response. We hear these kinds of stories almost every day at WellSpring.  So it’s great to be able to share them with the rest of our community.”  Farquharson wants to invite all students and grads alike to share their own video stories about wellspring, and we’ll be sure to enter them in the next contest, probably in January."

Each submission painted a vibrant portrait of WellSpring’s unique array of individuals, but one submission stood above the rest: WellSpring personal training student Kelly Bigelow was the grand prize winner of the $400 Amazon.com gift card. Her video entry got to the heart of why  hands-on training at WellSpring and a NASM personal training certification is the perfect means to better the world. A close second was medical assisting student Virgenia Carter, who finds medical assisting the perfect career to pair with her compassion for others. In third place was massage therapy student Lauren Chavez, who was intrigued by WellSpring’s passionate instructorsThe final runner-up was Courtney Rausch, who wants to inspire the people around her. Each runner-up won a $50 Amazon.com gift card.

Read more about their amazing stories and watch the winning videos below:

Grand Prize Winner: Kelly Bigelow


Watch her video.

Kelly’s dream has always been to become a personal trainer and WellSpring’s personal training program is helping her get on the path to fulfilling it. Kelly had originally only purchased a personal training certification that she acquired online, without attending a school, but she soon realized that she had no clue what she was doing. WellSpring’s hands-on training and the mentorship she received from her instructors was what she needed to live out her dream, so she decided to enroll.

First Runner-Up: Virgenia Carter

Watch her video.

After her kids grew up and left the house, medical assisting student Virgenia Carter decided it was time to do something for herself. For Virgenia, doing something for herself means helping others, and with her belief that nobody is ever too old to learn, she decided to enroll in WellSpring’s medical assisting program. As a compassionate person, Virgenia loves the personal attention and special care that WellSpring’s instructors give to each of their students.

Second Runner-Up: Lauren Chavez

Watch her video.

One of the things that inspired WellSpring massage therapy graduate Lauren Chavez to enroll was the way the passionate instructors seemed to ignite a thrill for learning in their students. As a massage student, Lauren also wanted to work with real bodies in real-world scenarios, and WellSpring stood out amongst other schools as offering the best training with real people. Most importantly, Lauren fell in love with the ability that WellSpring has to transform the inner self. The incredible people that she has met at the school and the wonderful memories she’s made will stay with her forever.

Third Runner-Up: Courtney Rausch

Watch her video.

Courtney began her journey toward a healthier life two years ago by losing 50 pounds. This life-changing transformation inspired her to want to help others learn to eat right, exercise and enjoy a better overall lifestyle. She decided to enroll at WellSpring after hearing an ad on the radio about the hands-on training offered at WellSpring, and to her, it sounded perfect. Courtney is looking forward to spending her life helping others and changing the world into a better place, and WellSpring is enabling her dream by giving her the confidence to start on that path.

Thank you for your inspiring submissions, everyone! Stay tuned for news about more WellSpring contests later this year.