Video contest seeks PSAs from students
Winners will receive cash in the contest aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles
Students in grades six through 12 are encouraged to produce public service videos to fight drugs, underage drinking and smoking, and promote health and fitness.
March 1 is the deadline to submit entry forms and a completed video.
The 2006 HMSA Teen Video Awards Contest is sponsored by the Hawaii Medical Service Association with Sassy/G Magazine, the state Department of Education and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Students must submit fully produced public service announcements that don't exceed 27 seconds in length. They will be judged on content, impact/effectiveness, creativity and videography.
The school that produces a winning video will receive money to purchase additional video equipment or software. Winners in each category will receive $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.
The "Best of Show" video will receive an additional $1,000.
Contest information and entry materials are available at www.HMSA.com and www.sassymag.com.
Finalists will be notified in April and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony May 4 at Consolidated Ward Theatres.
Cliff Cisco, HMSA senior vice president, said 211 entries were received last year -- a 60 percent increase from the year before.
Jody Shiroma Perreira, editor-in-chief of Sassy/G Magazine, said: "Through this contest, teens have the opportunity to be heard and raise awareness of important health issues that directly affect them."