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Posted: Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 at 7:29am

Winners announced in 3rd annual drug prevention video contest

By Staff
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GAINESVILLE - Students participating in the Drug Free Coalition of Hall County’s third annual "Face it… Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Video Contest" for middle and high school youth walked the red carpet at the awards ceremony Tuesday evening. The ceremony was held at the Oaks, Lanier Charter Career Academy.

Seventeen teams of middle and high school students submitted videos.

The first-place winning high school video was Live Above the Influence (WingLiteProductions) from Flowery Branch High School. This video was created by Conner Fenwick, Jacob Brown, and Thaddeus Johnson. Do You Really Want to do Drugs? (Donkey Kicking Kangaroos), a video produced by Adam Benefield and Brian Monaghan from Gainesville Middle School, received the first-place award for middle school.

The second-place winning video for high school was Oh, the Places You'll Go: Living Above the Influence (Delta G.E.M.S) from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., which was fashioned by Jada Johnson and Raven Eberhardt. Winning second place for middle school videos was Life Is … (Flatline Productions) from North Hall Middle School. Ansley Turpin, John Martinez, Kailee Dyer, and Olivia Watts produceders.

Each student participant in the middle and high school first and second place videos received a Best Buy gift card. As in the previous two contests Best Buy Gainesville supported the Coalition with its contributions.

Rounding out the top ten list of those videos not in first or second place are: Live Above the Influence (Monkey Productions) – Gainesville Middle School; Mitch's Story: The Best Me is a Drug Free Me (Breaking the Influence) - Gainesville Middle School; Students Ending Addictions (S.E.A. Productions) - Gainesville Middle School; Why to Avoid the Weed Shack(The Health Group) – North Hall Middle School; Live Above: Don't Get Pulled Under(Majestic Giraffes) - Gainesville Middle School; and The Best Me is Drug Free (J T'aime) - Gainesville Middle School.

The top ten video count-down and a montage of all seventeen submitted videos will be posted to the Coalition’s website ( and FaceBook( on Thursday, April 24.
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