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Drug Free Coalition honors students for video production
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Dot Holter with the Hall County Board of Education gives a name tag Thursday to Devin Fisher, 12, an East Hall Middle School seventh-grader during the Drug Free Coalition of Hall County’s inaugural Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Video Contest awards ceremony at Gainesville State College. Sixteen middle and high school teams submitted creative substance abuse prevention videos. - photo by SARA GUEVARA

View a video of the first- and second-place winners.

Local students were honored Thursday night by the Drug Free Coalition of Hall County for their work producing videos on the message of preventing substance abuse.

A Gainesville High School team submitted the first-place video in the high school division.

The video includes a series of messages on T-shirts that make the point that though alcohol is the most-used drug by Georgia youth, most students do not drink, and “Dude, that’s so cool” as one shirt reads.

Members of that winning team are Ruth Vasquez, Carey Sartain, Patrick Rooks, Alexis Smith and Kacie Wimpye.

A North Hall Middle School team won first place in the middle school division. Its video focuses on the dangers of parents leaving prescription medications around the house, equating that with leaving a loaded gun accessible to their children.

Those winning students are Alex Westfall and Veronica Watts.

Second-place winner in the high school division was a Flowery Branch High School team including Conner Fenwick, Hunter Jones and Olivia Moody.

A second North Hall Middle School team received the second-place award in that division. Team members include Nathaniel Adams, Aaron Rodriquez and Seth Watkins.

The Face It Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Video Contest garnered videos from 16 teams of local students. Community members voted during March on the coalition’s Facebook page.

Views on YouTube also were considered. A panel of judges chose the final winners.

A “red carpet” event was held Thursday at Gainesville State College’s Academic IV building, at which the top 10 videos were premiered and the awards were announced.

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