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Michael Kontaxis '11 Wins Third Place in National Green Cup Challenge Video Competition

Video has received over 4,000 plays on YouTube

April 01, 2010 --Michael Kontaxis' '11 video "Go Green or Go Home" has won third place in the National Green Cup Challenge video competition. Kontaxis' video has been viewed over 4,000 times on YouTube. Overall in the Green Cup Challenge, Phillips Academy reduced its total kWh usage by 11,940 and reduced its total pounds of CO2 by 16,000.

March 15, 2010

Voting for Green Cup Video Winner Gets Underway

Voting for the Green Cup Challenge national video competition is now open, and all PA alumni, students, parents, staff and faculty are invited to cast their votes. The student-created videos were submitted from schools across the country and all aim to raise awareness about global climate change and the environment. Among the entrants in this year's competition is the video "Go Green or Go Home" created by Phillips Academy upper Michael Kontaxis '11.

To view all the videos in the competition, click here.


To vote for your favorite video, click here.


January 21, 2010


Andover Tells Rivals to 'Go Green or Go Home'


Films by Michael Kontaxis '11 and Bryan Ha '12 launch Green Cup Challenge

Aspiring filmmaker Michael Kontaxis emerged the victor in the 2010 PA Green Film Festival on Jan. 15 for his waggish rap video “Go Green or Go Home.” The high-definition short, already making its way on YouTube with more than 1,000 hits as of press time, faced tough competition from an animation titled “Phillips Academy, Green Cup Challenge, 2010” by runner-up Bryan Ha.

The Green Film Festival commemorates the launch of the Green Cup Challenge (GCC), in which approximately 50 independent schools throughout the Northeast compete to reduce campus-wide electricity consumption over a month-long period. Kontaxis’s film will go on to compete against entries from the 50 other schools in the Green Cup Video Challenge.

“I've been shooting movies since I was 8 and have been sending my recent ones to film festivals rapidly over the past year,” says Kontaxis, who penned the rap song in under an hour, and shot, directed and produced the video in just four days. “As for my musical experience, I'm a Byzantine chanter in the Greek Orthodox Christian Church, so now I can sing humble hymns of praise to God, as well as hip-hop gangsta rap.”

Runner-up Ha sketched more than 400 illustrations for his three-minute animation, which offers seven simple ways for people to become more eco-friendly. “I spent about a week in the Elson Art Center drawing the animation,” says the first-time filmmaker. “I just hope that people will be enthusiastically involved with saving our planet and understand that global warming is a serious issue.”

The Green Cup Challenge officially launches on Monday, Jan. 25. Each Monday until Feb. 22, contending schools will report their amount of electricity consumption as they compete to reduce usage by the highest percentage. The school with the largest cumulative decrease in electricity consumption at the end of the competition is awarded the GCC trophy.

Last year, Andover reduced its total consumption by four percent, beating Exeter in the first annual adjunct competition known as the Blue-Red-Green Cup. Both Kontaxis and Ha hope Andover can defend its title for a second year. “It would mean a lot to me, and I believe I would be speaking for the school on that one,” says Ha. Adds Kontaxis, “After standing in the rain for hours watching our football team lose on Andover/Exeter weekend, any victory over them would be satisfying.”


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