‘Influence the Choice’ video winner named

April 9, 2013

By Staff

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

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

More than 135 students participated in the contest, submitting a total of 51 videos, according to a release from the Issaquah Community Network. 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 students and adults, selected the winners March 12.

The viewing party April 2 at Tibbetts Creek Manor shared a panel decision with all of the creators and supporters in the competition. The Rotary Club of Issaquah, the Liberty High School PTSA and the Drug Free Community Coalition provided 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 to receive videos they could continually use in the community.

“The Issaquah Community Network and DFCC own all of the videos and will be able to use them for years to come,” said Issaquah Community Network Executive Director Barbara de Michele in the release. “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.”

The Issaquah Press will begin posting one per day on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/issaquahpress, starting April 10.


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