Nashoba Tech PSA named one of 5 finalists in county
WESTFORD — A public-service announcement filmed by two students at Nashoba Valley Technical High School was recently named one of five finalists in Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone’s fourth annual Youth Video PSA Project.
The students — Tori Cafeteiro of Chelmsford and Raysam Donkoh-Halm of Lowell — made the video, titled “Flash Forward,” for the contest, which asked students to create and produce an original 30-to-60-second video based on the themes of promoting healthy, substance-free relationships; peer pressure; appreciating self-worth; and demonstrating judgment and personal responsibility.
Nashoba Tech’s entrant was a true team effort.
“I wrote down my ideas and he wrote down his ideas, and we took parts of both of them,” Cafeteiro said.
The video is about the effects of underage drinking and stars Donkoh-Halm’s younger brother, who, in the video, is pressured by a friend to drink alcohol. After he takes a drink, he flashes forward in his mind to his later years when, now played by Donkoh-Halm, he has a drinking problem.
“It shows the consequences of underage drinking,” Cafeteiro said.
“The main message is to be yourself,” Donkoh-Halm added.
Leone’s PSA project, in conjunction with the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, was created in 2009 to spark a positive dialogue and to encourage teens to speak out about important issues affecting youths.
In all, 25 videos were submitted for consideration this year, and five finalists — the others were two groups from Somerville High School, and one each from the Sullivan Middle School in Lowell and the eventual winner Lexington High School — were selected.
The winning video will be professionally edited and will air on a Boston television station.
Though the Nashoba duo’s video did not win the contest, the students were pleased it was selected as one of the five finalists.
“I’m so proud of us,” Cafeteiro said. “It’s a major accomplishment.”