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FHHS Spanish Class Takes First in 2009-2010 "Stay in School" Video/PSA Contest

(front l. to r.) Francisco Recendiz, Michelle Marban. (back l. to r.) Corey Palmer, Dania Rivera, Adriana Vergara, Dejah Allen, Michelle Black.

The Spanish III class taught by Ms. Michelle Black won the NC Society of Hispanic Professionals' 2nd annual "Stay in School" video/public service announcement contest. The students created an original video in which they encourage students to graduate regardless of the obstacles they may have to overcome.

By taking first place, the class wins $500. In addition, they will have the opportunity to take part in making a public service announcement based on their own video version or could even have their original submitted video aired on the Hispanic TV station Univision 40.

The winning video was selected from entries statewide by a committee comprised of representatives from Nationwide Insurance, Univision 40, Panoltia, and the NCSHP. All contest submissions were scored and rated by the committee based on overall quality, message conveyed, creativity, entertainment appeal, and the relevance to the central theme of staying in school. The videos were posted on YouTube where they were viewed by thousands.

The Stay in School campaign, sponsored by Nationwide Insurance, and supported by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and Univision Channel 40, is a NCSHP program to raise awareness among youth and their parents of the low graduation rate among Hispanic youth in North Carolina and to inform and remind students and their parents about the benefits of staying in school, finishing high school, and continuing with their education.

Marco Zarate, President of NCSHP, said: "It is exciting to hear our Hispanic students sending messages of perseverance, love for education, and dedication to their peers and telling them to stay in school and graduate from high school! Excellent participation!"

Written by: Melissa Howell
Posted: Feb 08, 2010 by Melissa Howell

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