SOUTH HAVEN | Kyler Hansen won't soon forget his summer vacation. He won an expense paid summer trip to San Diego as part of being a national winner in the 11th annual Digital Arts Festivals competition through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Comcast.
Hansen, son of Karen and John Hansen, of Hobart, created his own stop-motion animated short story depicting his future plans and goals.
His movie, "Chef Kyler," showed off the skills he has learned at the South Haven club.
As a winner in the 16-18 age group he and Ron Ranta, the South Haven Club's unit director, spent five days in San Diego.
"I was really surprised when I won," said Hansen. "It was a great trip. We did so many things in five days."
Hansen, Ranta and the other winners toured a wild animal park, visited Sony production studios and headquarters, went on a cruise and went to the LA movie studios.
"Sony PlayStation was cool because we saw how videos are made," he said. "I also got to swim in the ocean and even went up in a hot air balloon and I'm afraid of heights. But I conquered my fears."
Hansen said the best part of the trip was the awards ceremony and getting to meet other club members from across the country.
"On the last day I did not want to leave," Hansen said.
Hansen graduated from high school in the spring and hopes to go on to college to be a photographer and a chef.