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HMSA launches 2010 Teen Video Awards Contest


The Hawaii Medical Service Association in conjunction with Hawaii Department of Education and Mothers Against Drunk Driving have launched the 2010 HMSA Teen Video Awards Contest.

The annual video contest challenges students in middle and high schools to create public service announcements focusing on important teen health issues.

Contest categories include fitness/nutrition, drug-free, tobacco-free, underage drinking prevention, and social issues. Socials issues may include topics such as teen pregnancy, Internet safety, bullying, teen suicide, date rape and more.

Middle and high school students must submit fully produced PSAs that do not exceed 27 seconds in length. Winners will be selected based on content, impact/effectiveness, creativity, and videography.

Winning videos will be broadcast on local television stations.

Each winning school will receive funds to purchase additional video equipment or software.

Winners in each category will be awarded as follows: 1st – $1,000, 2nd – $500, and 3rd – $250. The Best of Show will receive an additional $1,000.

Deadline for submissions is March 1. Finalists will be notified in early April and winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony May 13 in Honolulu.

Information packets, including contest rules, entry forms, release forms and copyright information, have been distributed to schools statewide. All forms must be signed and submitted by March 1, 2010, along with the finished PSA.

The HMSA Teen Video Awards Contest was started in 2003 as a way to raise awareness of health issues affecting Hawaii’s youth. The program involves teens in a way that is fun, creative and thought-provoking. It is intended to inspire youth dialogue and support nontraditional learners.

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