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The 2016 Courageous Persuaders Scholarship Award Winners Are…

Grand Prize Courageous Persuaders Award ($3,000)

Produced by: Brielle Catrinar and Anahat Sandhu | Plymouth High School | Canton, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “The overall idea really got to me and I couldn’t stand that happening to people I cared about.”  | “The video meant a lot to me because I have siblings and I would feel the same way if I lost them.”  | “I liked that it shows that you can hurt your loved ones by drinking and driving and how your choices affect them.”

State Farm Fan Favorite Award ($1,000 to Student and $2,500 to School)

Produced by: Aaron Hightower | Thurston High School | Redford, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “I liked that this video was different.” | “I liked that I could easily understand it and it had humor.” | “It was funny and an interesting way to show the problem.”

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Detroit Auto Dealers Association Award – Dangers of Texting While Driving ($2,000)

Produced by: Shea Dickens, Brianna Miller and Kellie Farren | Fenton High School | Fenton, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “It’s sad and cuts to the point” | “It was really well done and meaningful.” | “It’s scary to think that such a short text could cost you your life.”

Detroit Auto Dealers Association Award – Dangers of Underage Drinking ($2,000)

Produced by: Kaimana Indica | Kamehameha Schools Maui | Makawao, Hawaii

Middle School Quotes | “It persuaded me not to drink.” | “I believe it was a creative way to convey the message.” | “I liked this ad becuase it shows you what it would be like with and without alcohol and it is a big difference.”

Adcraft Club of Detroit Award ($2,000)

Produced by: Jonathan Hulst | Careerline Tech Center | Holland, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “I liked this video because friends are important and you need to look out for each other.” | “I thought that it was funny but understood the message well.” | “I felt this was persuasive because friends all over the world should stop their friends from drinking instead of encouraging it.”

Michelin Award ($2,000)

Produced by: Xavier Owens | Etowah High School | Woodstock, Georgia

Middle School Quotes | “It got my attention by being more fun to watch.” | “I liked that the humor put in the video makes it funny and serious at the same time.” | “I think that it was really persuasive and liked that it used humor to get the message across.”

Auto Trader Award ($2,000)

Produced by: Aiden Nguyen, Alex Zambino, Aaron Blakley and Jensen Jones | El Dorado High School | Placentia, California

Middle School Quotes | “Using comedy to discuss an important topic draws more kids into listening to the point of the video.” | “The video is more convincing and persuasive because of the way it gets your attention.” | “The audience is more reeled in and interested because it has aspect to it, but it also teaches a very valuable lesson.”

1st Place – Courageous Persuaders Award Dangers of Texting and Driving ($2,000)

Produced by: Emma Heidrich and Isabel Wallace | Eisenhower High School | Shelby Township, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “It was funny but has a great message that made sense.” | “It was entertaining, funny and put together nicely.” | “I liked that it showed that you should focus on one task at a time,”

1st Place – Courageous Persuaders Award Dangers of Underage Drinking ($2,000)

Produced by: Jaden Alexander | Lenawee ISD TECH Center| Adrian, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “It caught my attention right away.” | “I liked it because of how realistic it was.” | “It was a strong, clear message.”

Lindsey Renee Cianciolo Family – Memorial Fund ($1,500)

Produced by: Michael Pappas and Josiah Rogers | Lake Orion High School | Lake Orion, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “I liked that it had a lot of good points displayed well.” | “It told us the serious problem with underage drinking, yet still kept it entertaining and not boring.” | “It showed us that you have to work hard and be dedicated to achieve your goals but it can be easy to lose everything just by underage drinking.”

Friends of Lindsey Renee Cianciolo Family – Memorial Fund ($1,500)

Produced by: Becca Messner | Royal Oak High School |Royal Oak, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “It was a very effective commercial.” | “It had an impact on me and made me want to be cautious.” | “I can relate to this video because we always think that bad things can’t happen to us, but they can. This video shows how one thing you do can change your life but not in a good way.”

State Farm Award ($1,000)

Produced by: Caleb Garrett and Kyle Reed | El Dorado High School | Placentia, California

Middle School Quotes | “The ad was well done and beautifully written to show the sadness that can follow a poor choice.” | “I liked that the message in this ad was very clear and spoke to the audience.” | “It showed that when you have to think about what and who you could leave behind if you drink and drive, I felt like he really did miss her.”

 

Michigan Film and Digital Media Office Award ($1,000)

Produced by: Nick Price and Chris Benchley | Grand Blanc High School | Grand Blanc, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “It got me to think.” | “Good acting and message.” | “it was very empowering and relatable.”

2nd Place – Courageous Persuaders Award Dangers of Texting and Driving ($1,000)

Produced by: Sky Boren | Lake Shore High School | St. Clair Shores, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “It was very impactful and relatable to my life.” | “It was true and the seriousness was kind of brutal, showing how texting and driving affects others greatly.” | “I liked how it related to family because family is really important to me,”

2nd Place – Courageous Persuaders Award Dangers of Underage Drinking ($1,000)

Produced by: Daisy Vandenberge adn Kajsa Rye | Stephenson High School | Lake Orion, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “I like that the ad was straight forward and not goofy or funny because this is a serious project.” | “It showed things that were important to me.” | “It was simple but I could relate to the values.”

3rd Place – Courageous Persuaders Award Dangers of Texting and Driving ($500)

Produced by: Kristen Penrose | Lake Orion High School | Lake Orion, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “I like how it showed to be a positive role model even when you think nobody is watching.” | “Because I look up to my sister and when I’m in the car with her she controls her anger and never texts and drive.” | “It’s easy to relate to since I have a younger sibling that wants to be like me and is always observing my actions.”

3rd Place – Courageous Persuaders Award Dangers of Underage Drinking ($500)

Produced by: Mariah Chartier | Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest | Wixom, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “It gave us something to think about in a creative way.” | “The way it was different from other video got my attention.” | “it was creative.”

College for Creative Studies Award ($250)

Produced by: Jarod Clark | Royal Oak High School | Royal Oak, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “I liked that it was dramatic and easy to understand the message.” | “It had a good, clear message.” | “It was memorable.”