Congratulations to all the Duval County Schools students that participated in the Teen Safe Driving Video Contest. You all did an amazing job at bringing awareness to the dangers of distracted driving to your schools and the community.
The video contest’s 1st place prize winners received $1,500 in scholarships and $1,000 toward public school improvements at their high school. The 2nd place prize winners received $1,000 in Scholarships¹, and the 3rd place winners received $500 in Scholarships¹. Here are the 2012 Teen Safe Driving Video Contest winners:
1st PLACE: Don’t Be DistractedStanton College Preparatory School
2nd PLACE: Texting and Driving PSAStanton College Preparatory School
3rd PLACE: THE DAY I DIEDAtlantic Coast High School
We will honor and present awards for the best Teen Safe Driving videos of 2012 at the First Annual O.S.C.A.R.S (Outstanding Students’ Creative Achievements and Recognition Social)
ceremony on May 24th, 2012. Scroll down to see the videos from the finalists in no particular order.
Texting and Driving PSA
Teen Safe Driving – Reversed
THE DAY I DIED
Don’t Make Death’s Job Easier
Distracted Driving PSA “Cat Car”
Eyes On The Road
Don’t Text and Drive
A life is worth more than a text
Don’t Be Distracted
ONE LAST DRINK
With 12 years of leadership experience, Kerry currently works for Allstate Benefits (AB) where she leads the day-to-day operations of the Claims Division. She works closely with the field force, agents and employers to ensure they meet the expectations of their customers. Before joining AB, Kerry worked for PPR Healthcare Staffing as Vice President of the International Division. Kerry had the opportunity to travel the world with her team recruiting top nurses and therapists to work in leading US health systems. Kerry has been recognized by her peers and colleagues for leadership, teamwork and customer service.
Personally, Kerry is an avid runner and is active in sports with her friends and family. She has been married to her husband, Jason, for 11 years. They stay extremely busy and active raising their two kids. Her family enjoys the beach, outdoor activities and they are Disney enthusiasts.
Hayley Perkins was an English major, Film Studies minor at the University of North Florida.
Since graduating in 2010, she moved to Los Angeles and has worked in post-production for Digital Domain as a Production Assistant (Transformers 3, Real Steel), as well as a Digital Coordinator (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).
She’s currently working on 47 Ronin, as well as a few other projects. Her goal is to move from post-production into an on set position.
Driven by the power of storytelling to educate, inspire and engage, Natalie Halpern creates films that capture the immeasurable capacity of the human spirit.Through her production company, Natalie Halpern Productions, she produces films which communicate the passion and values behind artists, nonprofits and corporations such as Nielsen, 3D holographic display company 360Brandvision, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida and the Amelia Island Tourism Development Council.
Her first film, “Tumaini Letu (Our Hope), which captures the lives, struggles, and indomitable spirit of three women raising some of the hundreds of thousands of children orphaned by AIDS in western Kenya, won the prestigious CINE Special Jury Award in the Motivational category.
Natalie’s documentary “Africa’s Daughters,” captures the inspiring journey of two Ugandan girls with one big dream: to lift themselves and their families out of poverty by getting a high school education. The film has screened at numerous film festivals across the U.S. and Europe, receiving the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Atlanta Film Festival.
She has a B.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston University.
PHILIP L. GREEN
Currently, as an employee of the University of North Florida’s Continuing Education Division, Philip is the founding State Director of The Employ Florida Banner Center for Creative Industries, a program that develops and delivers training for persons interested in working in the TV, Film and New Media business. Previously he served as the Director of Corporate Business Training and Executive Education Initiatives and serves as an adjunct professor. He is currently serving as the 2012 Chairman of the UNF United Way campaign. Before joining UNF he worked professionally in the television industry including ABC, NBC, CBS, WB, CW and CNN for over 3 decades and has acted in over 270 TV commercials.
Philip is currently pursuing his MBA from UNF. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, Leadership Jacksonville, Leadership St. Johns and Leadership Florida. Currently he is serving a second term as the NE Florida Chairman of Leadership Florida. Additionally, he has led and served extensively on non-profit community & executive boards. Philip has been highly involved with regional economic development and government affairs initiatives through the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce since 1993. His leadership roles include six consecutive two-year terms as the President and Vice President of the West Council and Chairman of the all Area Councils on the Chamber’s executive board. Additionally he has served as a Mayoral appointee to the Jacksonville Film and Television Commission. He is a recent graduate of the Political Leadership Institute and the first from this program to have been officially commissioned to serve in an elected office. He was elected to the Ponte Vedra Municipal Service District, Seat #1 in 2010 for a four year term.
Philip’s personal interests include exercise, scuba diving, cooking and professionally performing and appreciating great jazz music. He proudly resides in Ponte Vedra Beach with his wonderful wife Sheila, and his 4 misbehaving felines, Saboo and Sophie Larue, Lena and Huston Van Buren.
Brittany has made herself invaluable to the Communications Department of Duval County Public Schools. She is well-known for her diligence, knowledge and spirited attitude inside and outside the workplace.
She earned her BA in Communication with a concentration in PR and a minor in Business Administration from UNF. She is now in the midst of attaining her Master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University.
Brittany is an outgoing, honest, logical and creative leader. Her fresh outlook gives her a strong understanding of PR through traditional and non-traditional media. Brittany is a social media guru with a knack for Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. A 3rd-generation Jacksonville resident and diehard Jaguars fan, Brittany enjoys her beachside lifestyle with her dogs, Bradley and Kennedi.
Elizabeth Paulson is the JA Girl$ Program Manager for Junior Achievement of North Florida. JA has been around since 1919 empowering young people to own their economic success. JA Girl$ teaches girls about money, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurship.
Elizabeth is also a small business owner of elizabeth paulson redesign. She relocated to Jacksonville in 1999 from Minnesota. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Women Studies and is currently working on her MBA. Her passion is to inspire change and empower girls.
With a passion for shaping public opinion, Reese has built his career around managing the reputation for public and private corporations. During his career, Reese has worked with some of the most well-respected companies within their industries including Eastman Kodak, BAE Systems, AstraZeneca, Colt, Hyatt, Convergys Corp. and the American Cancer Society to name a few. His partnerships have allowed him to work within a multitude of industries including defense, financial services, technology, telecommunications, food and beverage, consumer products, manufacturing and healthcare.
Reese serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Greenscape and the San Marco Preservation Society. He has served as the Jacksonville Chapter President for the Florida Public Relations Association and holds a Bachelor of Science in public relations from the University of Florida.
NICHOLAS J. FURRIS
As Owner and Senior Producer/Director of Spectrum Films since 1999, Nick has distinguished himself with production of over 200 documentary titles. In addition, Nick has produced and directed many television series. Illuminations, a series for GO Telecom, has aired nationally since 1989 on the Hallmark Network. The Designer’s Landscape aired nationally for over nine years on the Home & Garden Network and Pat Summerall’s Scrapbook continues to air nationally and internationally featuring the greatest sports legends. Locally, he serves an impressive list of clients which require creative broadcast and non-broadcast work.
Over the past eight years, he has also produced over 40 educational films and videos for clients such as Cambridge Educational, Linx Educational and Imagine This Enterprises. Two years ago he and Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller teamed up to form Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health & Fitness for Women which has proved to be a huge success nationally and internationally.
For his work, Nick Furris has earned three Emmy Awards, countless Telly Awards, multiple ITS and Communicator Awards, Crystal Reels, and Aegis Awards as well as recognition from the Columbus International Film Festival.
Nick is married to his wife Maria and has two sons, Stefan and Andrew. They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.
Matt became the new Supervisor of Video Communications for DCPS in May after spending 10 years as a Newscast Director and Production Manager for Action News WAWS/WTEV. Before moving to Jacksonville, he spent 3 and a half years at WETM in Elmira, NY as Senior Director and also graduated from Mansfield University with a B.S. in Broadcast Communications during the same time period. In his senior year at Menchville H.S. in Newport News, VA, Matt took 2nd place in the 30 second PSA category for the entire state of Virginia.
He is married to 3rd grade teacher (and his Senior Prom date), Brianne Biegun, and they have a 3-year-old son, Henry, and “Baby Oliver” is due early in September. The family has 2 cats…both named Graycie.
Odd Fact: Matt has been performing as the University of North Florida’s mascot, OZZIE the Osprey, for over 5 years.
Shannon Brougham has over 20 years of banking experience including over 17 years with 121 Financial Credit Union. Shannon has been a branch manager at three of 121FCU’s branches before becoming the Business Development Manager. In his current role at 121FCU, Shannon is responsible for building relationships with local businesses and for community outreach for the credit union. For the past 12 NFL seasons Shannon worked as a statistician for the Jaguars during all home games. Shannon has lived in Northeast Florida since 1993. In his personal life Shannon is very active as a volunteer coach, and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife Jenny, and two sons.
Gerri Boyce, APR, is the spokeswoman for JEA and the host of Q & A with JEA, a weekly, live call-in radio show. JEA is the seventh-largest community-owned electric utility in the United States and one of the largest water and sewer utilities in the nation providing electric, water and sewer service to residents in northeast Florida. Gerri received her communications degree from the University of North Florida and has been working in the public relations profession for more than 25 years. Her career experience spans the private, healthcare, insurance, non-profit and government industries. She is a former president of the Jacksonville chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, and is active in many local organizations.
Isom Steve Philips
After many years in the corporate world, Steve turned a part time interest in Acting into a full time passion. Following a small, non speaking role in the Award winning HBO movie recount, he began studying with acting Coach Cindy Hogan and others. Steve has appeared in many short films and was most recently nominated for Best Actor in the 2011 Savannah 48hr Film Project competition for his Detective role in ‘The Williams Chronicles’. He has participated in projects for local clients Winn-Dixie, PGA Tour and CSX.
Steve is also active in the local Theatre Community, appearing in productions with Theatre Jax and Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre.
Steve is Co-Founder and Administrator of CineCityJax, a local networking group of over 300 members who are involved in local area performing arts.
Steve is honored to be a part of The Self Movement’s Teen Safe Driving Video Contest which not only allows students an outlet for their creativity but provides a much needed safety awareness message for our community.
Car crashes are the number one
cause of death for teens ages 16-19¹
Well, here is your chance to do something about it. The SELF Movement is partnering with The Allstate Foundation, Duval County Public Schools and The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to bring awareness to this deadly statistic by hosting a Teen Safe Driving Video Contest.
So get a group of up to four high school students together to create a compelling 30-60 second video that promotes safe driving habits! Compete against high schools in Duval County for bragging rights, have your team’s video promoted on the web and win up to $1,500 in scholarships* for your team! The winning videos and school will be formally announced at a red carpet event tentatively scheduled for May 23rd.
Get started by following these steps:
Step 1: Create a 30-60 second Video
Create a video to inform and inspire your friends about the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. Creativity and educational value is more important than quality. It can be a parody, flip book or even sock puppets – seriously! As long as you get the message across in the video and follow the rules.
Step 2: Submit your videoFormat your video according to the guidelines, and upload it here to this site between February 8th and March 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM.
Step 3: View and voteThe public will be allowed to view, vote on, and select seven finalists from the video entries from April 7th to April 22nd, and a panel of renowned judges will select three additional finalists. Submit your video early for the best chance to win, but even if you submit your video late in the contest you still have a chance at the grand prize!. See registration page.
¹Facts Parents Need To Know, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (http://www.flhsmv.gov/teens/parent_facts.html)
*Scholarships will be divided by the number of eligible students listed on the video submission.
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