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MCHS students sweep PSA contest; AG Beshear to present awards

PSA winners


Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will be on hand at Marion County High School February 15 to recognize four MCHS students who submitted winning entries in SpringHaven Inc.’s Domestic Violence Awareness PSA script contest.

MCHS students claimed the top three spots in the contest, which was open to students in Marion and Washington counties.

MCHS senior Nathaniel Essex received first place; MCHS senior Marti Tungate received second place; and MCHS seniors Mya Emmons and Reanne Norris teamed up for the third place entry.

In addition to cash prizes to all of the top three finishers, Essex will have his PSA script professionally filmed, which will be shown during a ceremony at the high school, where Beshear will recognize the winners.

“I felt like I had a good entry, so I was pretty excited when it got first place,” Essex said. “I wanted to do something a little bit more plain and cutback -- not a lot of music, not a lot of fancy camera-work going on.

“I was kind of inspired by pretty simple PSA’s like ‘This is your brain on drugs.’ I wanted to something a little bit simpler because I thought it would be more effective [...] we’re used to PSA’s that are very flashy and loud and aggressive.”

Essex added that he’s also curious to see his work come to life.

“I’m excited to see how they [created my PSA] and how they interpreted my script,” he said.

Emmons and Norris completed their PSA as part of their Graphic Communications class taught by Ginger Allen. Essex and Tungate completed their PSA as part of their Media and Marketing class.

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