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Teen video contest targets peers with PSAs

Valley high school students will compete for a chance to win cash prizes and showcase their filmmaking talents on local TV in the fourth bi-annual My Message teen video competition.

Sponsored by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in partnership with Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge Marketplace, My Message invites teens to create a 25-second video public service announcement (PSA) that encourages their peers to avoid behaviors that can lead to criminal activity. The deadline for entries is Nov. 11.

Eligible topics for the Fall 2013 edition of the My Message competition are illegal drug use, underage drinking, prescription drug abuse, bullying, and truancy. A panel of judges will select five finalists who will receive a $500 gift card, and one Grand Prize winner who will receive a new Apple MacBook Pro.

Winning entries will be broadcast locally on cable networks with significant teen viewership.

The My Message video competition is open to all Maricopa County residents 13 to 18 years of age. Complete rules and submission instructions can be found at www.SafeTeensAZ.org. Winners will be announced an awards ceremony at Tempe Marketplace on Dec. 12, with prizes provided by Tempe Marketplace and Desert Ridge Marketplace.

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