On Thursday, an Emmy-Award winning production company was in the area working with a group of high school students. The kids have gained some national attention for their efforts in spreading a positive message to their peers.
Alan Weiss Productions, producers of the nationally televised show “Teen Kids News,” had been working with students from Wheeling Park High School on a project that will be unveiled at a national convention in June.
The school’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions or SADD entered a contest through the National Roads Safety Foundation called “Driving Skills 101.” Their job was to create a public service announcement that promotes safe driving.
“We thought it would be neat to do something different because usually our focus is on drugs and alcohol and other destructive decisions, but this is something different,” said SADD member Brianna Singer. “Our name is destructive decisions rather than drunk driving so it’s something different we get to promote safety.”
The theme is “Only Bullies Tailgate”. First, they had to submit a script and storyboard for the project. After they were chosen, they had to create a two minute video on why their commercial should be made. That video was the contest winner.
“We wanted everybody to see the message that, you know, car safety is important. There are approximately 2000 deaths by tailgating this year,” said Shayne Singer, another SADD member.
The group received $250 for bring named a finalist and $2,500 hundred for winning. That money will be used to send kids to the National SADD Conference in Pittsburgh.
Group members were thrilled to have the chance to work with a nationally recognized production company. “They won 14 Emmys so it’s pretty exciting. They are really professional so it’s nice,” said Shayne Myers, a member of SADD.
The company is also producing a video on the making of the PSA that will be aired on Teen Kids News.