(HawaiiNewsNow) - The public is invited to vote online for their favorite health-related public service announcements (PSA). The videos were created by Hawaii teen filmmakers from public and independent middle and high schools. Voting runs from 8 a.m. on April 2 to 4 p.m. on April 13. The HMSA Teen Video Awards Contest challenges student filmmakers statewide to create PSAs with healthy messages. The 2012 categories include addiction prevention, mental health, healthy living, and teen safety. More than 220 videos were submitted by more than 40 schools in the 2012 HMSA Teen Video Awards Contest! The contest asked students to submit 27-second public service announcements focusing on important teen health issues. Winners will receive funds for their school to purchase video equipment or software. The prizes in each category are as follows: 1st place receives $1,000, 2nd place receives $500, and 3rd place receives $250. The Best of Show will receive an additional $1,000. The Hawaii Meth Project, MADD, and the Domestic Violence Action Center will award special prizes for the top video on the risks of meth use, underage drinking, and dating or family violence, respectively. There will also be a $500 award for the best middle school submission. Judges will select winners based on content, impact/effectiveness, creativity, and videography. Winning videos will be broadcast on local television stations. The contest is sponsored by the Hawai'i Medical Service Association (HMSA), in conjunction with the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Hawaii Meth Project, and the Domestic Violence Action Center. HMSA started the HMSA Teen Video Awards Contest in 2004 to raise awareness of health issues affecting Hawaii's youth. The program involves teens in a way that is fun, creative, and thought-provoking. It inspires youth dialogue and supports nontraditional learners.
Click HERE and click the Teen Video Awards link. This will take you to a list of the submitted entries, where you'll be able to watch them all and give a thumbs up to the ones you like. You will need a YouTube account to vote. Simple instructions will be provided. Voters can also search for videos by school or category.