Central Students Raise Awareness of Teen Dating Violence

Central Campus senior Kelby Halfpop won the Let Your Voice Be Heard video contest, sponsored by the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Twelve Broadcasting and Film students from Central Campus were recognized this week for their contributions to a healthy relationship campaign sponsored by the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Because February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month,  the students were challenged with producing 30 second media spots that highlighted the important aspects of being in a healthy relationship.

In the video category of the Let Your Voice Be Heard Video Contest, Central senior Kelby Halfpop of Ankeny received the top prize for her use of Vine, a video social media tool, in getting students to talk about the importance of trust, honesty, and good communications in relationships. Go to the end of this article to see Kelby’s winning video.

Lincoln senior and KDPS personality Seth Chronister won the radio category in the ICADV’s Let Your Voice Be Heard contest.

In the radio category, Seth Chronister – a Lincoln junior and KDPS radio personality – was selected for producing a radio spot promoting mutual respect and clear boundaries.

“The entire community wins when students interact with neighborhood and state organizations,” said Central Campus Broadcasting and Film instructor Kirk Johnson. “A staff member from the domestic violence office came to the classroom and illustrated the ‘tangible need’ for savvy production skills in today’s digital world. The students rose to the occasion by scripting and producing some great positive messages about keeping relationships safe and healthy.  The entire project did a nice job of validating what we do in the classroom.”

In all, $850 in prizes were distributed among the participants.

Other prize winners from Central Campus were:

  • Finn Hoogensen (Lincoln)
  • Michael Ryner (Lincoln)
  • Steve Swarts (Hoover)
  • Maddie Jenkins (Hoover)
  • Elena Hildebrandt (Roosevelt)
  • Emily Blobaum (Roosevelt)
  • Trevor Spidle (Lincoln)
  • Fernando Murillo (East)
  • Makayla Cox (Hoover)
  • Jadie Rafdal (Lincoln)

Kelby Halfpop’s ICADV Video

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