The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence Holds Competiton

Posted on March 19, 2013 by

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The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, or PCADV, is hosting a competition for high school journalism students across Pennsylvania called “In Your Own Words.” The organization is having this competition in an effort to try to spread awareness of dating abuse and violence and try to help in aiding the prevention of it.

The PCADV is giving away prizes to winners as well. The student who wins first place receives a choice of an iMac desktop and an iPad or Adobe Creative Suites Premium Package for their school, and the honorable mention receives a choice of two iPads or a Nikon D5100 digital camera. These prizes are not cheap and could really aid journalism programs in the education process.

Superintendent Paul Eaken found this competition and brought it to the attention of the journalism class at Fleetwood.

“I think that competitions such as this one, provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills to others outside of the classroom. I am also proud of the skills of our students, and it is nice for both students and the school to earn recognition from others. One of our priorities is to provide a safe environment. Another is to help students learn how to respect one another. Since the topic of this competition [Teen Dating Violence] deals with both safety and respect, I thought that it was a good activity for our students,” Eaken said.

For the competition, students must write an article with the following criteria. A short video (public service announcement) or article must be presented on the topic of teen dating violence.

Projects may be submitted by one student or by many students working together.

Projects must be published or aired in February, and the latest date to submit them into the competition is March 16.

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