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The 2017 Courageous Persuaders Scholarship Award Winners Are…

Grand Prize Courageous Persuaders Award ($3,000)

Produced by: Jonathan Hulst and Lucas Howe | Homeschool | Holland, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “It not only gave the greatest alternative to alcohol but it was also a very clear message.”  | “I could relate to the video because it showed something that teens like to do.”  | “I thought it was funny and really liked what you can do instead of drinking.”

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

Produced by: Shane Verkest | Frederick V. Pankow Center | Clinton Township, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “I liked how it showed that your choices don’t just hurt you.” | “I think that this video had the most powerful message because you are not just putting you and your loved ones at risk of being hurt.” | “A lot of these videos only focused on the person that made the bad decision. I like that this one made you think about others.”

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

Produced by: Alena Williams | Ellington High School | Ellington, Connecticut

Middle School Quotes | “I felt like I was watching a true story.” | “I like that it was like real life and that made a big impact on me.” | “I thought that it was true and that made it seem so much worse.”

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

Produced by: David Mir, Dana Devereaux, Brandon Cowan and April Baray | Etiwanda High School | Etiwanda, California

Middle School Quotes | “It makes you realize that drinking can cause you to kill your friends or yourself.” | “It was very touching.” | “I liked it because it showed how people are unaware of what a small amount of alcohol can do.”

Adcraft Detroit Award ($2,000)

Produced by: Kathleen Montroy | Rockford High School | Rockford, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “This video left an impression on me and I will remember it.” | “I like the way the video related the your life to a beer bottle.” | “It tells me that drinking is very bad.”

Michelin Award ($2,000)

Produced by: Miguel Quicho | Bishop Amat Memorial High School | La Puente, California

Middle School Quotes | “I was able to relate this video and thought it was a great way to teach kids to say no.” | “It was easy to understand the message and it had very good points.” | “It was very persuasive.”

Auto Trader Award ($2,000)

Produced by: Max Murphy | Brookline High School | Brookline, Massachusetts

Middle School Quotes | “This video took a light approach to help me make good decisions.” | “I liked that it was both funny and persuasive.” | “Drinking is not funny but this video showed that in a less serious way.”

Harold and Carolyn Robison Foundation Award – Dangers of Underage Drinking ($2,000)

Produced by: Will Baker | Careerline Tech Center | Holland, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “It made me laugh but had a good message.” | “What I liked about this video is that it was fun while getting to the main point.” | “It was very persuasive in a way that all teens could understand.”

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

Produced by: Liam Rogers and Nick Rose | Lake Orion High School | Lake Orion, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “This video really spoke to me and made me think of my friend.” | “I liked it because I love my friends.” | “It made me feel for the kid that made the wrong choice.”

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

Produced by: Carson Tate | Careerline Tech Center | Holland, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “I liked the idea behind this video and how it showed what in your life alcohol can ruin.” | “I thought that it was different from all of the rest.” | “I liked the visual representation.”

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

Produced by: Annalise Rabon | Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southeast |Royal Oak, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “This video clearly showed what you give up and what drinking can cost you.” | “This video just made sense to me.” | “There are good things in your life that you don’t want to lose.”

State Farm Award ($1,000)

Produced by: Jacob Calgaro | Waukesha West High School | Waukesha, Wisconsin

Middle School Quotes | “It got its point across in an effective way because it kind of scared me.” | “I liked that it showed what you should do to keep something bad from happening.” | “I like the way that this video shows what could happen if you make the wrong choice just once.”

 

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

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

Middle School Quotes | “I liked this video because the acting made it seem so real.” | “It really showed who you would be hurting if you made the choice to text and drive.” | “It was a very moving and realistic way to show the dangers.”

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

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

Middle School Quotes | “I think that it was the most emotional video.” | “It was good…and tragic.” | “It was a good way of explaining because we need to really see the outcome to open our eyes.”

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

Produced by: Grace Novak | Royal Oak High School | Royal Oak, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “The different perspective was eye opening.” | “It was very convincing.” | “It was very clear how bad this stuff is.”

College for Creative Studies Award ($250)

Produced by: Shane Vega and Shawn Blasko | Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest | Wixom, Michigan

Middle School Quotes | “It spoke firmly and with confidence which made me become interested.” | “The message was very deep, it really hit you hard.” | “It was emotional and important.”