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West Virginia historically has had a high teen birth rate. But last month, youth across the state and country took steps to increase awareness about the consequences of teen pregnancy.

As part of National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's month-long campaign, The Leadership to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Taskforce of West Virginia organized a video contest for middle and high school students. The students created a public service announcement about teen pregnancy prevention and included statistics from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

"The kids were really excited about the opportunity to create their own awareness video," said Torri Childs, Mission West Virginia's THINK program director. "We received several submissions, and it was obvious that the participants put a lot of thought and creativity into their videos. This contest provided a fun opportunity to create awareness throughout West Virginia while also getting the youth involved."

The videos were posted online where the public cast nearly 800 votes for their favorites.

Students from Logan Middle School—Marli Hatcher, Madyson Ooten, Marki Lester and Allison Click—won the contest at the middle school level. Haley Wiseman and Cassie Hammes from Herbert Hoover High School won the contest at the high school level. Each winner received an iPad.

The taskforce has announced plans to host another video contest next year.