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Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition hands out awards

May 14, 2007

The Washington County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition Inc. hosted a "Sex Has Consequences" ad and film awards ceremony May 2 at The Maryland Theatre, according to a coalition press release.

The contest was for local youths ages 13 to 21. Participants were asked to create print ads, 30-second public service announcements and short films with the theme "Sex Has Consequences," according to the release.

Organizers said the contest would help raise awareness about teen pregnancy and its consequences; change attitudes and values regarding teen pregnancy; and encourage parent and child communication about sexuality, reproductive health and the risks of teen pregnancy, according to the release.

More than 130 entries were submitted, and they were judged by a panel of teens and a panel of media experts and coalition members. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy organization in Washington, D.C., also participated on the judging panels, according to the release.

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The top 10 print-ad entries were displayed; and the top six 30-second public service announcements and the top short film were viewed. Prizes were awarded to the top three entries in each category. First-place winners received a prize of $1,000, second-place winners won $500 and third-place winners earned $250, according to the release.

The winners in the print ad category were Lindsey Schutte, first place; Kristina Fraley, second place; and Dani Ward, third place. The winners in the 30-second public service announcements were Adam Taylor, first place; John Proctor, second place; and Alison Ivosevich, third place. The short film entry winner was Rowan Copley.

Robbie Soto, a senior at North Hagerstown High School and a member of the coalition's Teen Advisory Group, was master of ceremonies at the awards event.

For information about the coalition, call coordinator Carrol Lourie at 240-818-7555.

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