Frames from the winning video "Math Class," by Waianae High School's video production team.
Waianae High tops video rivals
A Waianae High School team won Best of Show honors recently in the 2007 Hawaii Medical Service Association Teen Video Awards Contest.
The winning anti-underage drinking public service announcement, "Math Class," was created by students Laurissa Asuega, Reef Shook, Ed-Recco Eli and Martinea Trippett. Candy Suiso is their teacher.
They produced the best PSA out of 244 entries from 50 public and private schools statewide, HMSA announced.
The video "Math Class," top, won the 2007 HMSA Teen Video Awards Best of Show honor for Waianae High School's Reef Shook, left, John Allen (teacher), Martinea Trippett, Laurissa Asuega, Ed-Recco Eli and Joshua Kalili. CLICK FOR LARGE
The top 69 PSAs were shown last week at an awards ceremony attended by teachers, students and family members. Awards were presented by the HMSA, state Department of Education, Sassy/G Magazine and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Tying for Best Anti-Drug PSA were Sacred Hearts Academy student Jonelle Macapinlac, with teacher Randall Pong, for "Spelling Bee," and Myron B. Thompson Academy students Ka'eo Costa, Jared Quick and Keone Mitchell, with teacher Mike Pai, for "Sprayomic Rap."
The Best Anti-Smoking PSA, "Smoking: It's a Mouthful," was created by Hawaii Baptist Academy students Ross Yamato, Yue Xin, Shaun Yamaki, Jillian Kam, Kory Buto, Chris Hiyane, Jordan Nakamura, Nathanial Irwin, Nicholas Perreira, Kim Mow and Erica Chun. Sean Malinger is their teacher.
King Kekaulike High School student David Zaleski had the Best Fitness and Nutrition PSA, called "It's Elementary." His teacher is Dustin Matteson.
First-place winners in each category received $1,000 to use toward the purchase of video equipment or software for their schools. Second-place winners received $500 while third-place winners received $250.
The Waianae students won $1,000 for first-place and an additional $1,000 for the Best of Show honors.
The top PSAs will be aired on HMSA Now, digital cable channel 344, and on various cable TV channels, including MTV, VH-1, the Food Network, Sci-Fi Channel, Animal Planet, E! and the Cartoon Network.
Public and private high and middle school students are invited to participate each year in the contest to create PSAs on health and fitness or address underage drinking, smoking and drug problems among isle youths.
To view the winning PSAs, see www.HMSA.com.