North York's Tina Lao is $1,500 richer thanks to placing first in the high school student category in an online video contest.
The Grade 12 William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute student entered the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario's Rule the World campaign, which aimed to show a fun side to the often perceived stuffy profession.
Of 64 entries for the Rule the Tube video competition, six finalists were chosen.
Lao won in the high school student category with 'Ruling the World 101', in which she draws out people's career possibilities.
"It was a surprise, I found out right after math class and started celebrating in the hallway of my school," Lao said. "It's so great to be recognized for my video, it means so much to me. It's always nice to know that people like things that you've put a lot of time and effort into. I think now, I'm just going to put the money in the bank and use it towards university."
Lao previously told The Mirror she heard about the contest on the Chartered Accountants of Ontario's website.
"I make videos so I thought I would share why I would love to be a CA," she said. "My video is almost animation, I'm drawing out pictures as I speak about why being a CA is good and cool. It's not just about a 9-5 job crunching numbers, it provides other opportunities to branch out."
The contest was open to Ontario high school and university students. Participants were asked to submit a video no longer than two minutes and 30 seconds on the theme Why Being a Chartered Accountant Rocks.
The public was able to vote for their favourite video at www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca until the contest closed Friday, Nov. 26.
Lao, who plans to attend the University of Toronto or York University's Schulich School of Business, said she hopes to dispel misconceptions about her chosen career.
"People say it's so boring but this is my way of showing them it's not," she said.