January 17, 2013
HMSA launches 2013 Teen Video Awards Contest
The Hawai‘i Medical Service Association (HMSA), in conjunction with the Hawaii Department
of Education (DOE), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Hawaii Meth Project,
and the Domestic Violence Action Center, today announced the launch of the 2013
HMSA Teen Video Awards Contest. The annual video contest challenges local middle
and high school students to create public service announcements (PSAs) focusing
on important teen health issues.
Students should submit videos in one of the following categories: addiction prevention,
healthy living, mental health, or teen safety.
Middle and high school students must submit fully produced 27-second PSAs. Judges
will select winners based on content, impact/effectiveness, creativity, and videography.
Winning videos will be broadcast on local television stations.
Winners will receive funds for their school to purchase video equipment or software.
The prizes in each category are as follows: 1st place receives $1,000, 2nd place
receives $500, and 3rd place receives $250. The Best of Show will receive an additional
$1,000. The Hawaii Meth Project, MADD, and the Domestic Violence Action Center will
award special prizes for the top video on the risks of meth use, underage drinking,
and dating or family violence, respectively. There will also be a $500 award for
the best middle school submission.
The public can also vote for their favorite video at hmsa.com from 8 a.m. on April
1 through 4 p.m. on April 12. The video with the most votes will win a Voters’ Choice
award worth $500.
The deadline for submissions is March 4, 2013. HMSA will notify finalists in early
April and announce the winners at a gala awards ceremony on May 8 at the Hawaii
Information packets, including contest rules, entry forms, release forms, and copyright
information, have been distributed to schools statewide. All forms must be signed
and submitted by March 4, 2013, along with the PSA. HMSA will accept both group
and individual entries. Contest information and entry materials are also available
HMSA started the HMSA Teen Video Awards Contest in 2004 to raise awareness of health
issues affecting Hawaii’s youth. The program involves teens in a way that is fun,
creative, and thought-provoking. It inspires youth dialogue and supports nontraditional
HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit society founded in Hawaii in 1938. Its mission
is to provide the people of Hawaii access to a sustainable, quality health care
system that improves the overall health and well-being of our state. It is governed
by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health care,
business, labor, government, education, clergy, and the community. HMSA is an independent
licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.