Editor's note: Two videos made by students are in the final round of the Middlesex District Attorney's annual Youth Video PSA project. Five videos were selected for the honors. Below is an announcement from the DA's office about the videos. The two Somerville entries are above.
WOBURN- Five student-made public service videos have been selected as finalists in the fourth annual Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office PSA Project, District Attorney Gerry Leone announced today.
More than 200 students worked on the 25 videos submitted for consideration. The five finalist PSA videos come from: Lexington High School, Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford, the Sullivan Middle School in Lowell, and Somerville High School (2). The videos can be viewed online at www.middlesexda.com.
Middlesex County high school students will view the finalists and vote during school assemblies to select the winner. The winning video will be professionally edited and will air on a Boston television station.
The District Attorney’s PSA Project, created in conjunction with Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc., was launched in 2009 to spark a positive dialogue and encourage teens to speak out about important issues affecting youth.
For the 2012 contest, students were encouraged to create and produce an original 30 second to 60 second video based on following themes: promoting healthy, substance free relationships, peer pressure, appreciating self worth, and demonstrating judgment and personal responsibility.
“Young people today are surrounded by mixed media messages about drug and alcohol use, relationship violence, and peer influence. It is so refreshing and encouraging to review the PSA submissions, as each year students create creative, thought provoking videos that address important issues they are facing,” DA Leone said. “We are excited to announce these five finalists and look forward to seeing which one their peers will select as the winner.”
The finalists are:
- “Peer Pressure, Don't Do It (Fire Alarm),” Somerville High School
- “Under Pressure,” The Sullivan Middle School, Lowell
- “Peer Pressure, Not For Me, I Run Under Pressure To Succeed,” Somerville High School
- “Flash Forward,” Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Westford
- “I Respect Myself (Don't Sext),” Lexington High School
All entries were viewed and finalists were selected by a panel of school personnel, law enforcement officials, and members of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. The five PSA finalists will now be shown to high school students throughout Middlesex County in classrooms and assemblies where students will cast their votes to select the winner. Following student voting, the PSA Project winner will be announced the week of June 4.
DA Leone first launched the PSA Project in 2009. The first project focused on teen dating violence and the winner was created and produced by students from Somerville High School. After the first year’s success, the PSA Project continued in 2010 with a focus on teen impaired driving. The 2010 winning PSA was created and produced by a student at Lowell High School. And in 2011, two students from Lexington High School won after they submitted their PSA on cyber safety.
The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has a proud tradition of protecting and serving the people ofMiddlesex County through tough, fair prosecutions and proactive, progressive prevention and intervention efforts. The mission of the Office of the Middlesex District Attorney is to protect and serve the public, fight for victims, and speak for those who otherwise would have no voice.
Middlesex County is the largest county in Massachusetts and one of the largest counties in the country with 54 towns and cities and 20 colleges in urban, suburban, and rural areas, comprising over one quarter of the population of Massachusetts. The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has offices throughout the county, including communities such as Ayer, Cambridge, Concord, Framingham, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Natick,Newton, Somerville, Waltham and Woburn.