Three students from the Communication Media Program at the BCTC West campus are now the proud winners of 2018 Prevent Suicide PA PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention. Hanna Stambaugh, Lexi Weidner, Emma Shainline, and Alexis Rivera, are all level 1 students who have worked diligently on this audio project.
The purpose of the project was to create a 30 second audio PSA that demonstrated a message of suicide prevention. This could have been structured in several different ways, but the girls chose to create a script that anyone could relate to.
"We basically just wanted to show that there are many good things in life" said Hanna.
A 30 second PSA is very little time to tell a story, which is why the group decided to showcase bits and pieces of an average person's lifespan such as birthdays, getting married, and having children.
After the PSA was finalized, it was submitted online into the contest. Each day, people from across the state of Pennsylvania got to vote for which audio PSA they enjoyed the most. The CMT students were thrilled when their project received the most votes.
"Even if we didn't win, getting the message out there was the most important part. Now we have something to put in our portfolios" stated Alexis.
As a part of winning the contest, the girls had the opportunity to go to a Philadelphia Phillies game to be recognized. Hannah was especially able to celebrate her accomplishments by throwing out the first pitch.
"It was really fun and I even got to keep the ball I threw" Hanna said.
Each member of the group has had a tremendous amount of fun working on the 2018 Prevent Suicide PA PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention project and now have valuable skills to cherish forever.
On April 27, 2018, Kutztown's department of Cinema, Television and Media held the first annual Student Film Competition. The competition was open to Pennsylvania high school filmmakers as a way to exhibit their creative work on the Kutztown University campus. Two seniors enrolled in the Communication Media program, Justin Freed and Alexander Frantz, entered their video in the contest.
Both Justin and Alex attend Boyertown Area Senior High and wanted to work on a video together for their senior project. After several months of hard work and dedication, the pair had created a final video titled, "The Do's and Dont's of Bowling."
"The purpose of the video was to be instructional and informative while also keeping the audience entertained" Alexander explains.
The idea of the film competition was first mentioned during senior presentations by Cara Cotellese, a professor at Kutztown University. Justin and Alex knew it would be a great opportunity to showcase their talent, and decided to submit their video. On the day of the contest, Justin felt at home and at ease,
"It was just really organized and enjoyable. It had a friendly atmosphere and I felt comfortable no matter what the outcome."
By the end of the night, "The Do's and Don'ts of Bowling" became a crowd favorite and won Best in Show. Justin and Alexander's enthusiasm and skill set had truly paid off. Both boys learned the importance of pre-production and that scripting is crucial to turning a vision into a reality.