Teacher takes home film contest top prize
David Hight Sr. of Youngstown is the top prize winner of The Vindicator’s 2018 Best of Film Contest.
Hight correctly picked the winner in 20 of the 21 Oscar categories in the contest. He won a $200 gift certificate from Rulli’s supermarkets, located in Austintown and Boardman.
Hight’s ballot was one of three that correctly picked 20 categories. The other two were both sent in by William Hansen, also of Youngstown, who will receive Rulli’s gift cards for $100 and $50.
In accordance with contest rules for ties, a blind drawing was held to select the first-, second- and third-place winners. Hansen was awarded second- and third-place in the Vindicator contest.
Both Hight and Hanson enter the contest every year, and both have won in the past.
Hight, a teacher at Mahoning Valley High School on the East Side, won the top prize in the contest’s first year, more than a dozen years ago.
Despite picking almost all of the categories correctly, he did not think this was an easy year. “That was some luck,” he said. “Even when I won before I did not pick all of them correctly.”
The Oscars were held Sunday evening, with the ceremony broadcast live from Los Angeles.
The Vindicator’s Best of Film contest received 132 ballots.
In addition to the three ballots that correctly picked 20 categories, there were seven entries that correctly picked 19 categories and 11 entries that picked 18.