January 18, 2008

LegiSchool Project’s video contest winners honored

More than 130 California high school students gathered at the State Capitol on Dec. 6, 2007 to discuss California’s environmental issues and view the winning environmental public service announcements received from the LegiSchool Project’s competition titled “California’s Concerns Contest: Environmental Public Service Announcement (PSA).”

The town hall meeting, “California’s Environment: What Students Can Do”and the video PSA contest were sponsored by the LegiSchool Project, a civic education collaborative between Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies and the California legislature.

The contest received video entries from dozens of high school students on various topics related to California’s environment ranging from computer recycling to a pitch to save the Salton Sea in Southern California.  Students submitted video public service announcements expressing their top environmental concern for California with winning PSA entries from Castro Valley High School, Simi Valley High School, and Cathedral City High School.

Individual category winner Taylor Johnson, a senior from Simi Valley High School, drafted the help of his family and friends to star in his original video that featured a teenaged pollution-fighting superhero who saves a California park from litter while encouraging all Californians to the same.

The class category winners, Caleb Soon and Jaraed Bello, submitted their entry from Castro Valley High School which contained video of a meticulously drawn comic strip outlining multiple environmental threats and a compelling plea to Californians to make an effort to save the planet.

First place PSA contest winners received an all-expense paid trip to the State Capitol for LegiSchool’s Town Hall Meeting, cash prizes, and the honorary title of “winning film maker.”  First place and runner up PSA entries can be viewed online at www.csus.edu/legischool. 

For more information on the LegiSchool Project, contact the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-7563.