Olelo Youth Xchange
Posted on May 29, 2015 by Scot Allen
The Mid-Pacific Middle School Techology Program captured the top prize in two categories at the 12th Annual Olelo Youth Xchange Student Video Competition.
For the second consecutive year, the Middle School Program captured top prize in the animation category.
"The animation category exemplifies what Mid-Pacific students represent: Innovators, Artists and Individuals," says Kevin Tokuda, Mid-Pacific Middle School Tech Teacher.
Eighth Grader Ethan Sandomire's creation "Think Before You Drink" offered a different perspective on the typical "Don't Drink and Drive" campaign.
"I am very proud of Ethan because he took the tools that we provided him and came up with a truly innovative idea on how to approach the message of not drinking and driving," Tokuda says.
The second winner came in the "Be A Jerk" category. This category promotes the idea that parents should not give into the pressure of their child asking for alcoholic drinks, and instead "Be a Jerk" and not give them the alcoholic beverage.
The eighth grade team of Tylee Wong, Shaughnessey Smith, Kaley Yap and Max Lockwood came up with the concept of giving a child another kind of beverage instead of beer, hence "Give Em Root Beer."
The Olelo Youth Xchange Student Video Competition is the largest statewide video competition. This year there were more than 900 videos submitted statewide. The top prize winners in each category receives video cameras for their school's media and technology programs. The Mid-Pacific Middle School had seven finalists in seven different categories (the most of any other Middle School).