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School district announces drug abuse video winners

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Advisory Council selected the winners of their Drug Use is Life Abuse 2013-2014 video contest.

Douglas County School District middle and high school students were tasked with submitting a 60-second public service announcement, still photo, or photo essay addressing the theme “Drug Use is Life Abuse.”

Each submission was judged on creativity, whether the content of the submission met the stated contest criteria, technical quality, persuasiveness, and overall presentation.

Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School freshman Dylan Goldstein and Braydon Abbott won first place in the public service announcement category, and received a total cash prize of $350. Camryn Forbes, Lindsey Salie and Courtney Campbell, also freshmen at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, received a total cash prize of $100 for second place and $50 was awarded to Douglas High School sophomore Branden Bash for third place.

The winner of the still photo contest category was Daniel Lampson, a senior at Douglas High School. Daniel received a cash prize of $100.

The winners of the photo essay category were Kaithlyn Rhoads, a sophomore at Douglas High School, who received a cash prize of $250, Second place was Cassie Hergenrader, a sophomore at Douglas High School, who received a cash prize of $100 and third place went to Amber Johnson, a sophomore at Douglas High School, who received a cash prize of $50.

Drug Use is Life Abuse is a support group of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Advisory Council.

According to the group, “the abuse of drugs in Douglas County continues to threaten the lives of our young people and the future of our society. Burglary, robbery, and violent crime continue to be major problems, and the direct causal relationship between drug use and criminal behavior has been clearly established. Addiction, injury and loss of life are often the effects of abuse.”

The group was formed in response to the pressing need to change the prevailing tolerant attitude toward drug use and become committed to the goal of a drug free society.

For more information on Drug Use is Life Abuse, visit

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