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Congratulations to the Winners of the First “Communicating for a Clean Future” Marine Debris PSA Competition!

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The NOAA Marine Debris Program and our partners – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Ohio Sea Grant, and the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory – are pleased to announce the winners of the first annual “Communicating for a Clean Future” Marine Debris Public Service Announcement Competition!

The competition was open to students in grades 9 through 12 from Ohio’s 9th Congressional District. After learning about the issue of marine debris in the ocean and Great Lakes through lessons and school activities, students were challenged to develop innovative public service announcements (PSAs) aimed at inspiring others to take action to prevent and reduce marine debris. This competition not only worked to engage students and to spread the message about marine debris, but empowered students to become leaders in their communities in the fight against it.

We received many impressive entries from high school students across Northern Ohio and are excited to share this year’s first, second, and third place winners with you:

 

Screen shot from the first place video.

First place winning video. Click on the above screen shot to watch the video!

First Place

  • By: Alyssa Viengmany
  • School: Clay High School, Oregon, Ohio
  • Teacher: Mr. Joe Carstensen

 

 

 

 

Screen shot from the second place video.

Second place winning video. Click on the above screen shot to watch the video!

Second Place

  • By: Ashley Kaufman, Madison Leffler, Olivia Schaefer, Hannah Schoen, and Abby Singler
  • School: Perkins High School, Sandusky, Ohio
  • Teacher: Ms. Ashlie Gowitzka

 

 

 

Screen shot of the third place video.

Third place winning video. Click on the above screen shot to watch the video!

Third Place

  • By: Natalie Barendt, Faith Cole, Joslyn Muniz, Spencer Nezovich, Esther Ngemba, Jadalise Pacheco, Stephanie Rolon, Grace Semon, and Margaret Sweeney
  • School: Saint Joseph Academy, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Teacher: Ms. Mary Ellen Scott

 

 

Today the winners joined Congresswoman Kaptur, Ohio Sea Grant, the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program to receive acknowledgement at the Cedar Point Physics, Science, and Math Week.

Based on the success of this year’s competition, the NOAA Marine Debris Program and our partners plan to hold the “Communicating for a Clean Future” Public Service Announcement Competition again next year and to expand it to include high schools in additional coastal districts in Ohio.

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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