COLUMBIA, SC – December 31, 2007 – First Lady Jenny Sanford announced on December 31st that Danny Drescher, a 16 year old student at the Greenville Fine Arts Center, is the winner of December’s Healthy SC School Video Contest. Drescher’s video, The Health Squad, was ranked #1 by fans judging in the Healthy SC Challenge channel on OurStage.com.
Danny Drescher will receive $3,500 in cash or savings bond. The Fine Arts Center will receive $1,000 worth of athletic equipment of its choice. Danny’s class will receive a healthy lunch catered by Subway.
The Health Squad is a fast- paced action series that stars a kung fu fighter, an intimidating body-builder, and a daredevil in a purple 80’s track suit with a helmet. Each of the action figures fights crimes against unhealthy eating, inactivity, and tobacco use. Not only do they succeed in getting their victims to not eat hamburgers, not play video games and not smoke, they replace their vices with a salad, a basketball, and a carrot!
The Coffin is runner up. It was created by students at Garrett Academy of Technology- Reginald Scott, Dasiree Manigault, Judson Butler, Clarissa Lesueu, Shar – keas Jones, and Courtney Butto. The students will share the prize of $1,500 that will be received in the form of cash or savings bond. The Garrett Academy of Technology will receive a $100 gift certificate to Wal-Mart. The Coffin shows students feeding the vending machine while an original poem that uses the analogy of a vending machine as a coffin is recited by a chorus of student voices.
The Health Squad and The Coffin will be removed from the competition at the end of the finals, but the other videos will remain in the competition to battle it out through the end of the contest which ends January 31st, 2008.
The contest runs through January 31st, with video submissions accepted through January 23rd, 2008. Each month, the video in the #1 spot receives $3,500 cash and the runner up receives $1,500. Schools of the top two videos each also receive prizes. January is the final month of this contest which began November 1, 2007.
OurStage, the only purely democratic online competition where the fans decide who’s the best in emerging music, film and video, is hosting the contest on a special channel created solely for the Healthy SC School Video Contest. OurStage’s unique judging engine ensures that each piece is judged fairly by the viewers-no rigging and no cheating.
To view The Health Squad and The Coffin and other videos visit http://www.ourstage.com/video/channel/58-healthy-challenge.
You can also link to this contest page at www.healthysc.gov where you can access all the contest rules and where you can fill out an application to enter the contest.