Kapolei, Waianae take top honors at Internet Safety Awards

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kapolei and Waianae High Schools were among the top winners of this year's 5th Annual Internet Safety Awards, held earlier this evening at Farrington High School.

More than 150 students from 14 schools from around the state submitted 52 PSAs addressing Internet safety in three different categories, including Cyber Bullying, Online Piracy and Plagiarism and Online Predators and Social Networking Precautions. The complete list of winners follows:

Cyber Bullying

1st: Kapolei High School – "Words Can Pack a Punch"

2nd: Waianae High School – "Words Hurt"

3rd: Moanalua High School – "Know Your Rights"

Online Piracy & Plagiarism

1st: Kapolei High School – "Plagiarism Fail"

2nd: Kapolei Middle School – "The Other Side of the Story"

3rd: Waianae High School – "Respect the Artist"

Online Predators and Social Networking Precautions

1st: Waianae High School – "Cyber Ninja"

2nd: Waianae High School – "Practice Safe Friending"

3rd: Aina Haina Elementary School – "You're Not Alone"

Best of Show (TIE)

Kapolei High School – "Words Can Pack a Punch"

Waianae High School – "Cyber Ninja"

People's Choice Award

Waianae High School – "Respect the Artist"

"The level of quality and creativity in these student-produced PSAs is really quite impressive," said event co-founder Chris Duque. "Not only are students challenging their filmmaking skills, but they're also addressing real-life issues that affect them and their peers."

The Awards Gala included live performances by Studio 808 DanceProject and Kaulana the magician. Congratulatory video messages were shared from United States Attorney from the District of Hawaii, Florence Nakakuni; Hawaii Department of Education, Assistant Superintendent, David Wu; Chief of Police for the City & County of Honolulu, Chief Louis M. Kealoha; United States Representative, Congresswoman Mazie Hirono; and Mayor Alan Arakawa – County of Maui.

The 2012 Internet Safety Awards were sponsored in part by the Hawaii Department of Education, Bank of Hawaii, CyberW0rx.8o8 / Aikea808, Hawaii News Now, Maintec Inc., Microsoft, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, True Digital / Hawaii PI, and Torch Entertainment.

About the Internet Safety Contest

The Internet Safety Awards Contest gives students, working individually or in teams, the opportunity to create and produce their own public service announcement on Internet safety issues. The contest is open to students attending grades 4 through 12 at a public, private or charter schools within the state of Hawaii.

CLICK HERE to see a slideshow of the 2012 Internet Safety Awards!

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