Area students win awards in PSA contest

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel:

Tuesday, December 10, 2019  COMMUNITY NEWS (MOVCA press release)

The 2019 PSA contest winners from WVU-Parkersburg received awards from Jean Ambrose of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action. From left, Ryan McCoy and Madison Sayre and Ambrose. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Student teams from West Virginia Universityat Parkersburg and Ohio Valley University took top honors in a contest sponsored by Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action to create a Public Service Announcement about the impacts of climate change and the need for action in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The team of Madison Sayre and Ryan McCoy from WVU-P won first and second place in the PSA video category and received prizes of $500 and $300. The team also won the audio category prize of $250.

The video category third place prize of $200 went to the Ohio Valley University Business Communications team of Daniel Hagberg, Catherine Sellers, Todd Goccey and Thomas Weatherford.

Awards were presented on Thursday. As part of the program, contest entries were shown and participants shared their reactions to creating the PSAs.

“Today’s young people will feel the effects of climate change much more than my generation, and having them communicate ideas about climate change is very powerful.” said Jean Ambrose, contest administrator. “All the PSAs entered in the contest had valuable messages, and all of them addressed in different ways the effects of climate change on the Mid-Oho Valley. But most importantly, the messages were hopeful, with positive ideas about what we can do, whether it’s something small and personal or something like these PSAs that can reach a wider audience.”

Jean Ambrose of Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action presents a third-place award to the 2019 PSA contest winners from OVU Business Communications. From left, Thomas Weatherford, Todd Goccey, Catherine Sellers, Daniel Hagberg and Ambrose. (Photo Provided)

Ambrose and co-vice chair Giulia Mannarino also recognized the Dunn Family Foundation. Wayne Dunn from the foundation was impressed with the young participants and their efforts to prepare their generation.

“You have stepped forward and taken responsibility,” he said