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Don’t Drink Campaign Video Contest Winners Announced

keepitreal 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (1/30/13) – The winners of the Ninth Annual - and final - Keep It Real Video/Internet Contest were awarded a total of $3025 in prize money at a special awards program last night at the Kentucky Theatre. Parker Young, three-time Keep It Real Best Picture Winner, who is currently working with Disney Studios, was the special guest.
 
“Who Am I”, the top winner, was produced by John Hardin High School student Darrius Sessoms. It will be aired on television stations throughout the region and will be shown as pre-show ads in local cinemas through National Cinemedia.
 
The People’s Choice Award went to an entry from Hubbard High School in Ohio, “Don’t Let Alcohol Ruin Your Dreams” produced by Ryanne Fronzaglio, Brandon Harb, Karina Hayek, Marquette Gasser, Katie Wallwoff, and Danny Madeline. This award is given to the video which received the most votes during the on-line contest, which ran from January 7-18. This year, there a total of 3,208 individuals visited the website, with a total of 7,176 votes cast to determine the People’s Choice Award.
 
The Best Direction Award was presented to Henry Clay High School for “If You Could Take it Back”, entered by Augustus Logsdon, Ned Katz, Dylan Sarkisian, and Jeremy Davis. These students will have the opportunity to work with filmmaker and Keep It Real Founder Arthur Rouse from Video Editing Services.
 
The Keep It Real campaign is a youth-driven community effort to educate young people concerning the risks of underage drinking. The guiding premise behind this campaign has been that youth are more likely to understand the message when they help design the message. This is the final year for the contest, as this is the last year that funding will be available through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Initiative and the Kentucky State Police.
 
Sponsors: Sponsors: This public/private partnership is spearheaded by Bluegrass Prevention Center and facilitated by the Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (KY-ASAP), Fayette County Local Board, and the Lexington Mayor’s Alliance on Substance Abuse. Funding is provided through the OJJDP Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Initiative and the Kentucky State Police. Other sponsors include Central Baptist Hospital, Video Editing Services, Fusioncorp Design Mediahouse, National Cinemedia, Lynn Imaging, Lexington Legends, WKYT-TV, Louisville Geek, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Central Parking Systems, and the Lexington Family Magazine.
 
Grand Prize/Best Picture
Winner: Who Am I?; John Hardin High School
Darrius Sessoms
 
People’s Choice
Winner: Don’t Let Alcohol Ruin Your Dreams; Hubbard High School (Ohio)
Ryanne Fronzaglio, Brandon Harb, Karina Hayek, Marquette Gasser, Katie Wallwoff, Danny Madeline
 
Best Direction
Winner: If You Could Take It Back; Henry Clay High School
Augustus Logsdon, Ned Katz, Dylan Sarkisian, Jeremy Davis
 
Best Original Music
Winner: Big Shots; Eastside Technical Center
Shameer Atkins
 
Honorable Mention: Face the Consequences Alone; James Monroe High School (Virginia)
Sarah Neubert
 
Best Graphic Design
Winner: Social Host; Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Youth Network
Nick Bailey, Blake Cartwright, Brooks Harrison, Emily Houston, Abby Houston, Allyson Ledford, Anna Omohundro, Jacob Omohundro, Matthew Omohundro, Ali Peterson, Chanda Schobee, Chelsea Scobee, Haley Tye, Sarah Nichols, Anna Nichols, Breanna Skidmore, Logan Willis, Sarah Tanner
 
Honorable Mention: Terrifying Truth; Harrison County High School
Sarah Nichols, Anna Nichols, Breanna Skidmore, Logan Willis, Sarah Tanner
 
Best Depiction of Message
Winner: Choices; Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Youth Network
Nick Bailey, Blake Cartwright, Brooks Harrison, Emily Houston, Abby Houston, Allyson Ledford, Anna Omohundro, Jacob Omohundro, Matthew Omohundro, Ali Peterson, Chanda Schobee, Chelsea Scobee, Haley Tye, Sarah Nichols, Anna Nichols, Breanna Skidmore, Logan Willis, Sarah Tanner
 
Honorable Mention: Make the Right Choice; Johnson County High School
Kristen Fitch, Maranda Ferguson, Shelby Curtis, Kimberly Spears, Paige McPeek, Ladonna Damron, Brooklyn Lowe, Jamison Mollett, Rebecca Fairchild, Katelyn Hager, Courtney Blair, Haley Adams
 
Best Art Direction
Winner: Don’t Shatter Your Dreams; Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Logan Hill, Cameron Holland, Grant Herald
 
Honorable Mention: Goals for Life; Eastside Technical Center
Lainey Geddes
 
Best Comedy
Winner: When Alcohol Finds You; Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Jay Bishop, Joe Samaan, Trent Bauer, Patrick Marlowe, Brandyn Duncan
 
Honorable Mention: What are You Looking At?; Henry Clay High School
Alexis Jeanjaquet
 
Best Script
Winner: Throwing It Away; Clark County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy Youth Network
Nick Bailey, Blake Cartwright, Brooks Harrison, Emily Houston, Abby Houston, Allyson Ledford, Anna Omohundro, Jacob Omohundro, Matthew Omohundro, Ali Peterson, Chanda Schobee, Chelsea Scobee, Haley Tye, Sarah Nichols, Anna Nichols, Breanna Skidmore, Logan Willis, Sarah Tanner
 
Honorable Mention: Priorities; Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Aubrey Walter, Alyssa Matano, Maddie Oberg,
 
Best Editing
Winner: Just Think Don’t Drink; Eastside Technical Center
Lequan Johnson, Erin Leitch, Mike Turner
 
Honorable Mention: Friends and Family; Augusta High School
Danielle Shackelford
 
Best Cinematography
Winner: Sermon ; Eastside Technical Center
Shameer Atkins
 
Honorable Mention: Spilling Over; Mercer County High School
Austin Williams, Travis Sims, Joshua Conover
 
Most Original
Winner: Don’t Be Consumed; Elkhorn Crossing High School
Braedon Nemeth, April Heifner, Caleb Wright, Sebastian Griffith
 
Honorable Mention: Unfound Answers; Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School
Payton Sword, Lauren Shields, Makena Wilcosxon, Daphne Scott
 
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