ANDOVER TOWNSHIP-The Pymatuning Valley Board of Education on Aug. 13 honored media students Kayla Hanneman, Katie Holmes and Helena Bartone for their recent win in an Ohio Children's Trust Fund public service video contest.
PV Media Teacher Scott Wludyga screened the short video to a standing room only crowd during the regular school board meeting . Following the screening, Ohio Children's Trust Fund representatives Carolyn Brewer and executive director Kristen Rost presented the student with an inscribed award and a $5,000 check. Ohio Governor John Kasich also sent a letter and certificate to the students.
"We were blown away by your video," said Rost.
The Children's Trust Fund received more than 30 submissions from across the state and used a panel of advertising exlperts to select the winners. The end product will be show in sports stadiums throughout the area, she said.
"We are excited to win, but also excited to be able to participate in the contest," said Wludyga.
In May, the OCTF invited high school and career center students throughout Ohio to submit 30-to60-second videos for the contest. The top four winning schools each received $5,000, and their videos will be used as public service announcements throughout the state.
"The OCTF board and staff appreciate these students' committment to educating the public about the prevalence of child abuse and neglect," said Rose. "We were impressed by the power of their message, as well as the creativity."
The PVHS video titled, "Purple is a Pretty Color", also will be posted on the OCTF website and made available for promotion and use by the OCTF's childe abuse and neglect prevention partners and stakeholders, Rost said.
The PV media course studty is a satellite program of A-Tech, said Wludyga. The program allows students to receive a half-day of hands-on-instruction in all areas of vidergraphy, photography, and journalism while still attending their home school and following a regular course schedule. Grand Valley High School hosts a similar A-Tech satellite program.