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Oscar contest winner returns to the North Country

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If you watched the Oscars on Sunday, you may have noticed one very special North Country college student. ChaRon Brabham was one of six college students nationwide to be chosen to give out the winning statues on stage. She is back in the North County and Barry Wygel had a chance to see what her experience was like.

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- ChaRon Brabham is coming back from the trip of a lifetime.

"We got treated like absolute royalty. The six of us were treated like we were famous. They paid for everything, they did everything, anything we asked for, said ChaRon Brabham, a SUNY Potsdam junior.

Brabham heard about a contest in December that would give her a chance to go to the Oscars. She submitted a 30 second black and white film about why she will be the future of film. She was selected with five others from around the country to hand out statues during the awards show. When she arrived in Hollywood, the trip was even more amazing than she had imagined.

"They just told us we would be handing out statues, they didn't tell us that we would be here for an entire week and that we would get to go to the Disney Animation studios and get to go to the Academy Library," said Brabham.

The list of celebrities Brabham met is a mile long and she said every person she met was friendly and supportive.

"I thought maybe it was going to be like 'Oh, we can't talk to you,' but everyone was like 'Hi, this is so great that you are here, it's beautiful to see students here that are interested in film,"' said Brabham.

Brabham says she can hardly go anywhere on campus without being recognized. People are always coming up to her wanting to hear her stories from Hollywood.

"A lot of people, I'll be standing in line getting food and they will say 'You were the girl that was...' and I was like 'Yeah, hey...' just trying to get some ice cream," said Brabham.

Brabham vows that one day she will back at the Oscars, but next time not as a presenter, but as a nominee or maybe even a winner.

To view Brabham's winning submission video for the National Oscar Experience Talent Search, visit www.youtube.com.

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