Frederick County Public Schools announces that voting is open for the Classmates4Life video contest to curb drug abuse. The public is invited to determine the People’s Choice Award winner by giving their favorite video the YouTube “thumbs up” at https://www.youtube.com/c/classmates4life. Voting will remain open until midnight on Monday, March 19. The video with the most “thumbs up” clicks will win the People’s Choice Award.
When judging, it may be helpful to know that the goal for students was to produce a creative video, 30-60 seconds long, that highlights drug-abuse danger and motivates their peers to choose life. The students were asked to answer one of two questions in their videos: at the elementary level, “How are drugs bad?” and at the secondary level, “How can drugs wreck your world?”
In addition to the public voting on YouTube, an expert panel of judges will review the entries to select first- through third-place winners at each level—elementary, middle and high. Prizes include iPhone 7s, a GoPro, tickets to an Orioles game and tour of Orioles Productions, and more.
All are welcome to the free Classmates4Life Red Carpet Gala on Wednesday, March 21 [postponed due to inclement weather to Wednesday, April 18] to view students’ winning entries. The gala, open to families and a great opportunity to emphasize the dangers of drug use to students, is at the new Frederick High School, 650 Carroll Parkway. A resource fair about preventing drug abuse begins at 5:45 p.m. The screening of award-winning videos and the awards ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The countywide contest, in its second year, began with a kick-off event at the FCPS Career and Technology Center on December 19. There Councilman Billy Shreve and FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban joined other distinguished guests including students.
“Our students are creative and determined advocates for the issues that matter most in our society,” Alban says. “I have been amazed at the effective and compelling anti-drug messages they have produced. I’m looking forward to seeing their work again. Their work will once again help to change lives.
Among groups collaborating as sponsors in the Classmates4Life contest in addition to FCPS are: Rotary Clubs of Frederick County, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Mac Business Solutions, the Maryland International Film Festival, the PTA of Frederick County, and Wells House.