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Hilmar dreamer seeks worldly experience through video contest
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Hilmar resident Justin Morris entered the Global Degree video contest to travel to all 50 countries in Europe. - photo by Photo Contributed

Spending time traveling may be a common item on the average bucket list, but Hilmar resident Justin Morris has his sights set much, much further.


“My ultimate goal is to visit every country in the world,” Morris said.


Morris, a 2011 Hilmar High graduate, left the country for the first time this last year and the experience he had has encouraged him to continue to travel, explore and learn.


“This kind of learning is beyond a textbook,” he said. “It’s amazing to be immersed in a different culture, around different people—and coming from a small town, it’s eye opening.”


Global Degree, “the greatest contest in the world,” is Morris’ ticket to explore and he needs the community's help to achieve his goal.


Morris submitted a video for the Global Degree contest that would give him the opportunity to travel all 50 countries in Europe over the span of eight months. His video entry highlights the rural community of Hilmar and his desire to find himself by experiencing the unknown.


“I like to see the good in the world, and by traveling to these places I can prove to everyone that watches the video I’ll document that there is good out there,” he said. “It’s not necessary to be fearful of travel.”


Morris is asking for support from the community to vote for his video to make his dream a reality; the number of votes is a factor and the final decision will be up to a panel of judges.


“If I won, it would be insane,” said Morris. “It would be the time of my life and I’d have the opportunity to document and inspire tens of thousands of people while I’m at it.”


The contest includes free airfare, accommodations, insurance and discounted tourism activities.


To vote for Morris’ Global Degree video contest entry, go to or visit and click on “vote for contestants” to find his submission by the Feb. 29, 2016 deadline.


“There is so much out there to see and this is such an amazing opportunity,” he said. “I want to show the entire world what’s out there with this exciting possibility, and every vote counts.”