Weston student video is contest finalist

From left, Harrison Manning, Andrew Katz, Weston High School videography teacher Geoffrey Brencher, and Walker Edelman watch their public service video, which was named a finalist in a contest held by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

From left, Harrison Manning, Andrew Katz, Weston High School videography teacher Geoffrey Brencher, and Walker Edelman watch their public service video, which was named a finalist in a contest held by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

A team of Weston High School seniors are top 10 finalists in the 2013 Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Center for Teen Safe Driving video contest.

Harrison Manning, Walker Edelman, and Andrew Katz produced a public service announcement (PSA) on this year’s theme, Teen Safe Driving: Are You In? The video demonstrates what teens and adults are doing to help other teens be safer drivers.

The competition drew 128 entries from students statewide and is being judged by a 26-member panel, including Gov. Dannel Malloy, Attorney General George Jepsen, executives from Travelers Insurance, and other teen safe driving advocates from around the state.

The Weston students, under the guidance of Geoff Brencher, Weston High School’s videography teacher, filmed their 26-second video along the roads in Weston and at Walker Edelman’s house. The video shows the dangers of texting while driving, especially for teens who just got their license.

Travelers will award prizes to the high schools of the winning contestants for creating teen safe driving programs.

The prizes are $5,000 for first place, $4,000 for second place, $3,000 for third place, $2,000 for fourth place, and $1,000 for fifth place.

Additional prizes, depending on the entries and the judgment of the contest sponsors, could be awarded for most views of a video on YouTube, most creative bilingual/multicultural awareness video, having a teacher with the most consecutive yearly ranking in the Top 10, and special creativity and resourcefulness in a video.

The video may be seen on YouTube; search Weston High School DMV video.

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