A team of students from Moanalua High School took Best of Show honors at the 2011 HMSA Teen Video Awards.
Waianae High School received the first-ever Voter’s Choice Award for collecting the most online votes on YouTube.
The annual statewide competition encourages teens to create compelling public service announcements about the importance of living a healthy life. This year’s theme was "Your choices today impact tomorrow." There were 224 videos submitted by students from 37 public and independent middle and high schools.
First-place winners in each category received $1,500 for video equipment or software for their schools. Second- and third-place winners received $750 and $300, respectively. The Best of Show winner received an additional $1,000. The Voter’s Choice Award winner received $500.
The top PSAs will be aired on local broadcast and cable channels in May and June.
The awards were announced last Wednesday in a ceremony at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Here are the top winners in each category:
» Best of show: "Veggie Standoff," Moanalua High School, students Korie Lum and Jorjiane Guasch, teacher Mark Ikenaga
» Physical health: First, "Veggie Standoff," Moanalua; second, "NutriWars," Waianae, 23 students led by Tuli Leota, teacher Michael O’Connor; third (tie), "TXT to the NXT Life," Saint Louis School, students Kenji Akasaki and Colton Sisler, teacher Gordon Horiuchi; "I Love My Boyfriend," Kapaa High School, students Ilona Oliver and Sheigh Yap, teacher Michelle Rundbaken
» Mental health: First, "Meth Kills Dreams," Hawaii Baptist Academy, students Brendon Oshita, Kayla Custino, Royce Fujii, Chris Sekiguchi, Joni Tamamoto, Caleb Wilford and Travin Nagasawa, teacher Sean Malinger; second, "There Is Happiness," Moanalua, students Giaman "Andrew" Tran and Kasey Rieta, teacher Kelly Calistro; third, "I Tried It Once," Waianae, students Chareen Keliiwaiwaiole, Kainan Roman and Melina Silva, teacher John Allen II
» Social health: First, "Got’cha," Waianae, students Dj Westbrook, Daniel Morrison and Tele Willis, teacher John Allen III; second, "Choose or Not," Waianae, students Timothy Bradley, Cody Kau and Shaun Bisol, teacher John Allen III; third, "Internet Safety Tales: Three Little Pigs," Waianae, students Alicia Keanu, Joanna Endo, Shanise Gray, Armando Dinong, Kyra Burke and Filifaatali Mauai, teacher Michael O’Connor
» Voter’s Choice Award: "NutriWars," Waianae
» Special Award by MADD for Underage Drinking Prevention: "No Beers, No Tears," Farrington High School, students Justin Vele, King Togia, Christopher Cabus, Tamela "Daniel" Prescott, Cheyona Lopez and Matuaousoalii Tagovailoa, teacher Christine Ho
» Special Award by Hawaii Meth Project for Meth Prevention: "Meth Kills Dreams," Hawaii Baptist Academy, students Brendon Oshita, Kayla Custino, Royce Fujii, Chris Sekiguchi, Joni Tamamoto, Caleb Wilford and Travin Nagasawa, teacher Sean Malinger
To view the winning PSAs, log on to hmsa.com/tva.