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PBSC alumnus Javier Duarte places second in national radio contest

javiduartPalm Beach State College alumnus Javier Duarte has won second place in a national Freedom of Speech Public Service Announcement Contest for college communications students.

Duarte, who currently lives and works in New York City, submitted a 30-second spot for the contest sponsored by The NAB Education Foundation and Broadcast Education Association. It highlighted the importance of free speech and creatively addressed the statement “What Freedom of Speech means to me.”

Duarte’s winning entry:

“We’ve all heard about freedom of speech but what does it really mean? Freedom of speech allows me to freely express my ideas about a cause or issue. These ideas can then encourage change if they’re publically widespread. And, change is what allows our world to progress. So what does freedom of speech really mean? Progress. We all have unique opinions. It’s time to set them free.”

Duarte won a $1,000 scholarship for his entry, which he plans to use in the spring semester when he returns to school in New York. His entry, along with the other winner’s entries, may be downloaded here. Stations are encouraged to run them during Free Speech Week, Oct. 19-25.

Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Duarte holds an Associate in Science degree in graphic design from PBSC. This past summer, he earned an Associate in Arts degree from the College. He submitted the entry while attending PBSC. During his time at the College, he participated in many local art festivals showcasing his portrait paintings and drawings around Palm Beach County. For more information on Duarte, commonly referred to by his artist name “Javi Du Art,” click here.


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