Award winning student videos
Click here to view Team #1's video (Caitlin Robertson, Bethany Davis, and Charm Lopez).
Click here to view Team #2's video (Rebekah Hoskins, Claire Tousley, and Loren Ball). 

Some of Mrs. S. Smith's students won a very cool competition called “Directing Change” sponsored by California MHSA (Mental Health Services Act). The students entered videos they created to be used as 60 second public service announcements to prevent suicide and end the silence on mental illness. The purpose of the campaign is to educate young people about mental illness and empower them to become advocates for change in attitudes and eventually (hopefully)in services to people with mental illness.

Two teams took 2nd place. Each team will receive a $250 prize to share and our school will also receive $250 for each winning entry.

Team #1
Caitlin Robertson, Bethany Davis, and Charm Lopez took second place for their video “originality” in the category “Ending the Silence of Mental Illness. They won in region 4, 6, 8 which included Alameda, Marin, San Mateo, Solano, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, and Kern Counties. Below is a link to their video.

The embedded video may not work for students when at school. However, it will work when at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRuRTaiBKr8

Team #2
Rebekah Hoskins, Claire Tousley, and Loren Ball took 2nd place for their video “Sunshine After Rain” in the category “Suicide Prevention”. They won in region 6, 8 which included Amador, Calaveras, Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Ventura Counties. Below is a link to their video.

The embedded video may not work for students when at school. However, it will work when at home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSUi2TOPHeg

They asked for a quote from the winning teams so I paraphrased the students comments in the following quote. 
“We were at first intimidated by the thought of creating a video about such serious subject matter. We didn't feel we knew enough about the subject matter and were afraid we might say the wrong thing and offend someone. As we progressed through the process and gained more knowledge about suicide prevention and the stigma of mental illness we felt more prepared to tackle the project. By the time the public service announcements were complete we felt really good about our involvement. We hope that the work we did might actually help someone.”

The students will be honored at an awards ceremony at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento on My 13th where all of the winning videos will be aired, awards will be given out and there will be a meet and greet afterwards. The event will be “formal” so the girls are thrilled to dress up and guest speakers will be director of Fox’s TV series Glee and actor Max Adler who plays “Dave Karofsky” on the show.

Team #1 is also invited to a State Capitol visit the morning of the event where they will meet legislators. Their video will go on for a statewide competition.

Ms. Smith stated, "I’m pretty surprised as we really bungled our way through this process and never dreamed we would win". If you would like to see more of the winning videos they are at http://www.directingchange.org/contest-winners-finalists/.