Video-savvy students from Campus Middle School swept the competition in the Annual Denver Metro Video contest, sponsored by Safe Kids Metro Denver, the South Metro and Littleton fire departments, and funded by a grant from the Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund.
Campus teams took first, second and third place in the competition, which focused on concussion safety this year.
“The purpose was to get middle school students to learn about concussions and the signs and symptoms of concussions, then turn around and teach others,” said Katie Moore, a Life Safety Educator with the Littleton Fire Department. “We want them to take steps to prevent concussions, like wearing helmets and other safety gear.”
The CMS team of Sabrina Barry, Katie Cunningham, Emma Hingst, Lilly Markusch and Tyler Smith took first place. Markusch has suffered three concussions, so she was speaking from experience.
“My first one was the worst. I didn’t know about the signs and symptoms and they told me if I got hit again it would mess up my healing process, so now I’m really glad I know,” said Markusch.You can watch the winning video here.
Seventh-graders Julie Phillips and Morgan Rosas took second place with their newscast style video about concussion prevention, while the team made up of eighth-graders Joah Campbell, Tyler Jensen, Rachel Kempe and Alex Tsalyuk took third place.
All the students have taken Campus’ multi-media class, taught by Mark Magee. “Every quarter we’re trying to do something to connect with the community, so the contest was a great opportunity,” said Magee. “I’m really proud of the students and how they planned, researched and produced their videos, using programs like Flash for animation, Garage Band for music, and Fireworks for graphics.”
Teams from middle schools in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties participated in the competition, which was judged by outside video professionals.