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Classmates4Life Drug-Awareness Contest 2018

Frederick County Public Schools invites students at all levels—elementary, middle and high schools—to participate in the 2nd annual Classmates4Life Drug Awareness video contest. The contest encourages students to produce short public service announcements to help curb drug abuse. In its first year, more than 100 students across the county participated. More are expected this year.

See FCPS's press release announcing the winners, issued April 19, 2018 here.

See FCPS's kick-off press release issued December 11, 2017 here.

See Councilman Billy Shreve's press release issued April 12, 2018 here.


  • Contest kick-off: December 19, 2017, 10 AM at CTC Spires Cafe
  • Create videos: December 19 2017 - March 1, 2018
  • Videos released to the public: March 12, 2018
  • Judge videos: March 5-14, 2018
  • Awards Ceremony and Resource Fair: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 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.

Affiliation: Classmates4Life Film Fest is a pilot program for Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford's Heroin and Opioid Statewide Education Initiative to prevent drug abuse. This format and contest are proposed to become statewide eventually. The proposed statewide format will be modeled after a Statewide Sports Championship Title. With the help of the Southern Frederick Rotary Club, we hope to grow this event across the country.

Contest Sponsors


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YMCA of Frederick County Logo

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Maryland International Film Festival Logo

Rotary Clubs of Frederick County logo

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Frederick Memorial Hospital logo

NBC 4 Washington logo

Frederick Keys logo

Baltimore Orioles logo

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