“Influence the Choice” video contest winner announced

April 5, 2013

By Staff

A winner was announced on April 2 for the “Influence the Choice” video contest, led by the Issaquah Community Network and Drug Free Community Coalitions.

Issaquah High School student Hannah Balducci won the grand prize of $800 from her submission of a produced two minute video that tried to influence friends and other teenagers to resist using alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.

According to a release from the Issaquah Community Network, over 135 students participated in the contest, submitting a total of 51 videos. Prizes were given over a spectrum of focuses, rewarding students for the most influential alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug videos that cautioned against substance use. A panel of seven judges, representing both students and adults selected the winners on March 12.

The viewing party on April 2 at Tibbetts Creek Manor shared the panel’s decision with all of the creators and supports in the competition. The Rotary Club of Issaquah, the Liberty High School PTSA and the Drug Free Community Coalition provided all of the cash prizes that were awarded.

Along with the presentation of local talent in an effort to spread drug awareness, the promoting organizations were also able receive videos they could continually use in the community.

Issaquah Community Network Executive Director Barbara de Michele, specifically thanked Issaquah High School PTSA Vice Chair Dianne Bugge and Issaquah Parent Representative Caryn Cissna for their planning of the event and securing the videos. “The Issaquah Community Network and DFCC own all of the videos and will be able to use them for years to come,” she said. “The videos will be given to the school district, the City of Issaquah, the City of Sammamish, all the high schools and all the middle schools in the district, for broadcast on district, municipal and in-house TV stations.”

Balducci’s grand prize winning video can be seen here.

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