Erin Blank, who just finished her sophomore year, came in third.
Films were submitted by students from Saugerties, Kingston and Ellenville high schools, with a trio of filmmakers from Ellenville taking the top prize.
Congratulations to all of the high-school administrators, staff and students that participated in raising awareness about this important issue.” Sinagra said students often offer the most effective ways of reaching fellow students on the importance of serious subjects.
“It is through our youth that we can make everlasting changes in the way peer relationships are developed and nurtured absent domestic violence,” he said.
Two students enrolled in the Saugerties High School computer video production (CVP) program won awards earlier this month in Ulster County’s third annual teen dating violence video contest.
Michael Averill, who just finished his junior year, placed second with his short film.
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Averill had submitted a film with a group of fellow students a year ago.
“It was mandatory that we did a PSA [public service announcement], and our teacher gave us options, and one of the options was the teen-dating-violence PSA through Ulster County,” he said. But we get to make individual projects in our second year, so I decided I really wanted to make one with my ideas.” Contest winners were presented with certificates from county executive Michael Hein and gift cards from the contest committee.
Hein, who was unable to attend the ceremony at Saugerties High, said in a press release that he believed the student films would make a difference.
“I want to congratulate the students on their outstanding videos and thank them, and their dedicated teachers, for helping raise awareness of the national issue of teen dating violence,” he said in that release ….
Blank’s opened with a conversation voiceover while a young victim’s injured face and neck is shown.