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Classmates4Life Drug-Awareness Contest 2019

Frederick County Public Schools invites students at all levels—elementary, middle and high schools—to participate in the 3rd annual Classmates4Life Drug Awareness video contest. The contest encourages students to produce short public service announcements to help curb drug abuse.


  • Deadline for entry: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
  • Public Voting: Monday, May 6, 2019 - Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • Private Judging: Monday, May 6, 2019 - Wednesday, May 8, 2019
  • Awards Ceremony and Resource Fair: Monday, May 13, 2019 at Frederick High School
    • Resource Fair begins at 5:45 PM
    • Awards Ceremony, including screening of award-winning videos, begins at 6:30 PM

The Contest: Students create a 30-second video to "teach" other classmates their view of "Why drugs are bad" or "How drugs wrecked their world."

The Goal: Educate the students and public about why drug abuse is bad. Use social media to encourage distribution and viewing of the student videos.

The Participants: Open to all Frederick County Public School (FCPS) students, or teams of students in elementary, middle, and high school.
Video Viewing: Videos will be reviewed by FCPS then posted online at and linked to the FCPS website and FCPS YouTube channel. Classmates4Life is owned and managed by FCPS.

Video Judging: Videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges and the general public via social media.

Red Carpet Awards Ceremony: All filmmakers, teams, and actors will be invited to attend the awards ceremony to recognize the top 3 film and class projects (12 total) in the elementary, middle and high school categories, as well as the People's Choice Award. Winning films will be shown in entirety. All entries will be shown in collage format.

Prizes: Winning films will be shown as public service announcements on local media and entered free of charge into the Maryland International Film Fest. Additional prizes include iPad Mini, Baltimore Orioles' tickets and film studio tour, NBC TV studio tour, Bar-T Ranch camp tickets, movie tickets, pizza party, and iPhones.

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