Frederick County had its own Red Carpet Gala yesterday evening. It was the occasion to celebrate students who entered a countywide Classmates4Life video contest to highlight drug-abuse danger and motivate their peers to choose life. At the gala, Frederick County Councilman Billy Shreve, Frederick County Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban and Rotary Club of Southern Frederick County President Jennifer Coppit announced the contest winners, and visitors watched the winning entries.
The videos received more than 70,000 views. Judges ranked the winners in first through third place, in elementary, middle and high school categories. They judged elementary student videos on how well they answered the question, “How are drugs bad?” and middle and high school student videos on how well they answered the question, “How can drugs wreck your world?” All videos were required to be 30-60 seconds long.
First-place winners were Brooklyn Thomas from Tuscarora Elementary; Cameron Holmes from Middletown Middle and Mike Manning from Urbana High School and the FCPS Career and Technology Center.
Earning second place were Margaret Lombardo from Walkersville Elementary, Sam Starrs from Oakdale Middle and Timothy Demember from Linganore High School.
Placing third were Leah Jefferies from Centerville Elementary; Wesley Bednarczyk from Oakdale Middle; and Lily Tate from Linganore High School.
In addition classes that had a large number of students participating will receive a YMCA-sponsored pool and pizza party. The winning classes are from Sabillasville Elementary, Gov. TJ Middle and Linganore High School.
The judges evaluated the videos for content, production and overall merit. Content rated highest was original, creative and accurate, creating an interesting Public Service Announcement (PSA) that addresses the issue. Production ratings were highest when the tone and voice were compelling, the video demonstrated emotion and enthusiasm, the recording was clear and loud enough to be heard, and visuals and sounds helped to drive the message. Overall ratings were highest when the PSA was of outstanding, award-winning caliber that should be seen by others.
There was also a People’s Choice Award winner that YouTube viewers selected when they “voted” by clicking the “thumbs up” symbol during a two-week voting window. The People’s Choice Award went to Lydia Trumbull from Windsor Knolls Middle.
Frederick High School hosted the gala, which included a resource fair with information about preventing drug abuse and screening of all the video entries. The gala portion of the evening included screening of the award-winning videos and the awards ceremony. Prizes ranged from an iPad mini, iPhones and Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals tickets to an NBC TV studio tour and more.
Many sectors of the local community collaborated to sponsor the Classmates4Life contest in addition to Councilman Shreve and FCPS: Rotary Clubs of Frederick County, the PTA Council of Frederick County, the Frederick County Health Department and Sheriff’s Office, Mac Business Solutions, the Maryland International Film Festival, Frederick Memorial Hospital, Wells House and others.
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