RAHWAY, NJ - Rahway High School won first place in a county-wide public service announcement contest. 

All entries were judged and reviewed by Union County representatives such as members of the Union County Sheriff’s Office, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, M.A.D.D., Board of Chosen Freeholders, D.A.R.E. and the education community. This process determined a score for each of the top five videos. Those top videos were displayed on www.preventionlinks.org/psa for online voting. The top three winners were decided by a combination of judges’ scores, online votes, and audience member votes. Participants were encouraged to get support from family and friends in the online and awards presentation voting.

Instructor Lauren Palermo and crew members Jayquan Johnson and Edriece Pattereson worked on this project and were awarded first place. The guidelines for the contest were that all submissions need to be unique in concept. Through a positive 30-second message, students discouraged the use of alcohol and explained the severe consequences of underage drinking. E

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Projects were based on: Originality – is creativity used to deliver the message? Persuasion – how impactful will the PSA be to changing someone’s driving behaviors or attitudes? Youth appeal – is the message clear and relevant to the audience? Simplicity – is the message concise and to the point! Overall production values/technical competence.

Each member of the selected first-place team received an award certificate and their school received a $1000 cash award.