The winners of the Zika Virus Video Contest for Alabama Teens have been announced and, as you can see, the kids did an awesome job.
The contest was open to Alabama teens between the ages of 15 to 18 and required only that the videos included basic health information about Zika and tips for reducing folks' exposure.
Alabama Environmental Health Association provided the judges.
First place (and $1000) went to Lakyn Shepard. Lakyn goes to Bob Jones High School in Madison. You can see Lakyn's winning video, Fight The Bite, above.
Second place went to Cassie Volkin, who won $750. Cassie also attends Bob Jones High School. Here's Cassie's video, Don't Let Zika Slap You In The Face"
Faron High, who goes to Elba High School in Elba, took home third place and $500 for her video, Zika Virus:
Honorable mentions went to:
- Amaya Brisbon, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Montgomery
- Hailey Gay, Homeschooled, Hillsboro
- Chenoa Gentle, Bob Jones High School, Madison
- Carley Sims, Huntsville High School, Huntsville
Each of the honorable mentions videos won $100.
“These entertaining videos emphasize the need to eliminate standing water and other mosquito breeding sites, as well as ways to prevent mosquito bites,” said Sherry Bradley, director of the Bureau of Environmental Services. “Mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus are aggressive daytime biters but will also bite at night, and currently there is no vaccine available.”
Congratulations to all of them.