Students make their mark with alcohol awareness campaign

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 04/23 2014 05:26PM

Updated 04/24 2014 12:13PM

Update: 10:05 pm
VILLA GROVE -- Hard work paid off for a group of students. They made an alcohol awareness video which won a statewide contest. WCIA-3's Anthony Antoine shows us how they got it done.

"We had a couple volunteers come down from I Sing the Body Electric, and they mentioned there was going to be a contest."

The competitive spirit kicked in for teacher Noreen Acton.

"I had a great group of kids that I thought would just take off with the project."

The project was to create a public service announcement about alcohol awareness and enter it into the Illinois Liquor Control Commission's statewide contest.

"I created and wrote the music myself and I played it in the background."

"I kind of told everybody what to do."

"I was kind of the organizer."

Students wrote, edited and directed everything themselves.

"For this video, underage drinking is something that shouldn't be happening. It can really affect your life and to play something like this for everyone to see how important it really is, I really enjoyed it."

"It was so simple. We just used basic ideas. We used plain, black and white and there wasn't any speaking or anything, so we just kind of took that and, I guess, simplicity is sometimes more."

That thirty second PSA not only won the contest, but the kids got a proclamation from Governor Quinn himself.

"It feels incredible. It just kind of hit today."

"I know this is all going on and I really should be excited, but I'm like, 'Did this really just happen? Is this going on right now?'"

This year's video encourages adults to not give alcohol to minors. Students say they'll encourage their peers to not drink if they're underage.
Original: 5:26 pm
VILLA GROVE -- High school students made a video for alcohol awareness. It will be seen around the state. It's all part of the Your Actions Matter campaign.

The Illinois Liquor Commission held the contest. It was a complete effort by students. They debuted their thirty second video in front of their peers along with city officials.

After hearing about the contest, health teacher, Noreen Acton, split the kids into groups. They came up with ideas for two videos. One took home the crown. The actors, writers and producers were all students.

This year's video encourages adults to refrain from giving alcohol to minors. It will be seen on TV stations throughout the state. They even have a proclamation from Governor Quinn to show for it.

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