Congratulations, Winners of the High School Video Contest!

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Congratulations, Winners of the High School Video Contest!


Congratulations to the winners of our High School Student Walk/Bike Safety Video contest! The winners were announced at the February 16 Hillsborough County Public Schools Board Meeting and will also be recognized at the MPO’s March 1st Board Meeting. A huge congratulations goes to…

1st Place! Pedestrian Safety:
by Ethan Huggins and Zuriel Cousins
Howard W. Blake School of the Arts
Teacher: Sean Phillips

2nd Place! Bike Safety:
by Wesley Thomas, Robert Ewing, and Craig Jones
Spoto High School
Teacher: Christina Wulff

3rd Place! Downtown Tampa Walk/Bike Safety:
by Daniel Castro
Tampa Preparatory School

Congratulations to these budding filmmakers for being phenomenal spokespeople for walk/bike safety messaging!

Thank you to our partners!
Hillsborough County Public Schools
City of Tampa Government
Hillsborough County, Florida Government
FDOT West Central – Tampa Area
Columbia Restaurant Group
Tampa Bay Lightning


More Hillsborough County residents and visitors are walking and biking, for work, school or recreation.  It’s a great way to reduce pollution and stay healthy, but unsafe use of the roads can have serious consequences. Even one injury or fatality is too many, and we all share in the responsibility to make travel on our roadways safer for everyone.

Peer-to-peer messaging is a proven way to reach teens. The Hillsborough MPO and its partners invite local high school students to create short videos with walk and bike safety messages for their peers.  The original videos must be created using a cell phone, mobile device, or video camera and be a maximum of 30 seconds long, and focus on the basic rules of the road, such as crossing at crosswalks, not wearing earbuds or allowing other distractions while walking, biking, or driving, and travelling in the proper direction.

Contest submissions are being accepted by the Hillsborough MPO through February 1, 2016. Eligible videos will be judged by a panel of experts, and the winning video will receive four tickets to a Tampa Bay Lightning game, compliments of the Columbia Restaurant Group.  The winning video will be announced at a February 14th Press Conference.  The video will be widely distributed as part of a multijurisdictional public safety campaign by the MPO and its partners, which include the School District, FDOT, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, CUTR, and community safety advocates.

Students are encouraged to visit to brush up on traffic laws and safe behaviors for all road users.  Free multi-media resources are available through Hillsborough County libraries and County and City recreation centers to assist students with research and video production.  Any contest questions can be directed to Gena Torres at the Hillsborough MPO, (813) 273-3774 x357

Please visit our website and click on the “Student Video Competition” link to view complete contest information and rules on submitting.  You may also contact Gena Torres at (813) 273-3774 x357 or for more information.

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