Stories Lived

The Jellybean Jar of Life: Nick’s Story

Nick Cook and Callie Cox might have never met had it not been for a conspiracy, a wonderful conspiracy of diversity and acceptance called “The Jellybean Conspiracy,” a theatre piece written to be performed by both mainstream and differently-abled students. When the Mexico High School sophomores became involved, with the Jellybean Festival, a speech and theatre festival for differently-abled students, they formed more than just a team, they formed a friendship.

Nick and Callie share their heartwarming story in this five-minute student-produced film that focuses on the relationship that has grown between the two of them as they have participated in this festival.

In 2016, the film won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

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About the Filmmakers
Submitted by Becca Kristofferson and Seamus Levin

Becca Kristofferson and Seamus Levin are students at Mexico High School in Mexico, Missouri. Both are involved in the broadcast journalism and filmmaking class at the school. Kristofferson, a junior, plans to continue her filmmaking after graduating from high school and hopes to attend a film school. Levin’s interests lie more in the area of radio broadcasting and voice over work.