Video contest brings anti-drug awareness to students

2 years 7 months 6 days ago Thursday, October 19 2017 Oct 19, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 7:49:00 PM CDT October 19, 2017 in News
By: Matt Schmittdiel, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - A Missouri video contest is promoting drug-free lives and giving high school students a chance to win cash prizes.

The Council for Drug Free Youth, or CDFY, is accepting video submissions until 5 P.M. Friday Oct. 20 for its third annual video contest.

In past years, CDFY has asked students to create videos on themes like “Why Marijuana is Harmful” or “Drugs Destroy Your Dreams." However, CDFY Project Coordinator Melle Richardson said they wanted to take the contest into a new direction.

“This year we thought it would be good to focus on something more positive, and we came up with the theme: 'what drug free means to me,'” Richardson said.

Richardson said this year the council has made some changes that she thinks are exciting for everyone involved.

“This year we have changed it up even more, and we are going to have it at the Capitol City Cinema downtown [Jefferson City], and we are really excited about that because it is a new venue and I think the kids are really excited about it. So we are looking forward to that,” Richardson said.

The contest is open to all mid-Missouri 9th-12th graders, and the videos will be judged by “celebrity judges” who represent local sponsors of the competition. The judges will be looking for criteria such as originality, time length, and the focus on this year’s theme.

“Our mission at Council for Drug Free Youth is to empower youth. So a lot of kids that we hear from really do choose to be drug free. There are a lot of kids who are not doing drugs, and this is an awesome opportunity to provide a platform for them to show and showcase their work on what drug free means to me. In the process the top three winners will get cash prizes.”

The first place winner will receive a $250 in cash, followed by $100 for second place and $50 for third place.

Students from past competitions have received much more than just a cash prize for participating in the contest. The United Way of Central Missouri saw the video submitted by Mary Jo Feller and Darby Nolting and chose them to share their stories for the 2017 United Way Campaign Video, featuring CDFY as the partner agency. That video was a spoken word piece that talked about how addiction has affected the students' own families. 

Richardson said the United Way saw their video at the competition and thought it was so powerful they decided to use it for their campaign video.

“So many people have heard their story. . . and made people understand what it is like to have addiction in your family and what it does to everyone. It’s not just the person who is addicted, it’s the entire family,” Richardson said. “I think it really empowered them to tell and share their story, and now they are doing all kinds of things to really sort of to promote awareness in their community and in our community as well”

Richardson said they are excited with the videos they have received so far and understand students sometimes wait until the last minute to turn things in.

“A lot of time times kids wait until the due date, which is tomorrow[Friday]. So I think that’s when they usually typically all come flooding in, and we are really excited about it.”

Videos will be judged and awards announced Monday, Oct. 23 at 6 P.M. at Capitol City Cinema in downtown Jefferson City.

More News

Grid
List
MISSOURI - Missouri is moving into a new phase of COVID-19 reopening that will implement a new set of guidelines... More >>
5 minutes ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:44:55 PM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson will deliver his daily COVID-19 briefing live from the State Capitol in Jefferson City... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 2:01:00 PM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY - The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals upheld a ruling Tuesday that the city of Columbia acted... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 12:14:36 PM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
HOWARD COUNTY - A 30-year-old Armstrong, Mo. man is dead after a two person crash on Missouri State Highway 5... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 8:38:00 AM CDT May 26, 2020 in Top Stories
(CNN) - Despite dips in recent years in gun violence and the sanctioned stay-at-home orders, Chicago saw its deadliest Memorial... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:54:36 AM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, May 26 2020 May 26, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020 5:29:00 AM CDT May 26, 2020 in News
CHARITON COUNTY —A tornado briefly touched down in Chariton County just after 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service... More >>
20 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 9:50:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
O’FALLON — Missouri’s health director issued a dire warning Monday after photos and video showed Memorial Day weekend revelers partying... More >>
21 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 8:39:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Despite the COVID-19 pandemic sidelining all youth sports from play, one local coach decided to get some practice... More >>
23 hours ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 5:57:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Boone County will move to the next step in reopening Tuesday. Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 5:17:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- When schools shut down because of the coronavirus , some parents of children with ADHD found themselves in... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 4:55:44 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
JEFFERSON CITY — U.S. states are spending billions of dollars buying protective medical supplies amid the coronavirus crisis,... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 4:50:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The American Veterans Center has hosted the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. for 15 years. But... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 3:18:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The location of the annual Memorial Day ceremony may have changed, but the meaning of it stayed... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 3:09:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia staple, Ernie's Cafe & Steakhouse is finally able to open doors to customers after closing down for... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 2:20:00 PM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. You can find... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 11:06:00 AM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- Police are investigating a report of shots fired in north Columbia that left one injured early Monday morning. ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, May 25 2020 May 25, 2020 Monday, May 25, 2020 7:42:00 AM CDT May 25, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 76°
6pm 73°
7pm 72°
8pm 74°
9pm 71°