Tennessee Valley Produces Award-winning teen videos promote prevention of mosquito-borne diseases

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videocontestMONTGOMERY-The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Alabama Environmental Health Association (AEHA) announce the winners of a video contest for high school-age Alabama students. The contest was designed to educate Alabamians about protecting themselves, their families, and their friends from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika virus.

The videos, produced by students ages 15-18, include basic information on what precautions to take to avoid mosquito breeding and bites. Award recipients were selected by a panel of judges comprised of AEHA board members.

Winners are as follows:

First Place: Lakyn Shepard, Bob Jones High School, Madison, $1,000
Second Place: Cassie Volkin, Bob Jones High School, Madison, $750
Third Place: Faron High, Elba High School, Elba, $500
Honorable Mentions: $100

Amaya Brisbon, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Montgomery
Hailey Gay, Homeschooled, Hillsboro
Chenoa Gentle, Bob Jones High School, Madison
Carley Sims, Huntsville High School, Huntsville
“These entertaining videos emphasize the need to eliminate standing water and other mosquito breeding sites, as well as ways to prevent mosquito bites,” Sherry Bradley, director of the Bureau of Environmental Services, said. “Mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus are aggressive daytime biters but will also bite at night, and currently there is no vaccine available.”

The prize-winning videos are highlighted on ADPH’s social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus) and on adph.org/mosquito.

Information about the Zika virus is available at adph.org/mosquito.

1St place:  Lakyn Shepard, Bob Jones High School

 2nd place:   Cassie Volkin, Bob Jones High School

Media Release/State of Alabama/Department of Public health

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