High school students throughout the region recently competed for top honors Access Sacramento‘s 6th annual High School Public Service Announcement (PSA) competition. Students from Elk Grove’s Franklin High School and Sacramento’s New Technology High School rose to the top.

Students developed PSAs for their mock client and program sponsor, the Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD) and Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San). To develop their PSAs, students could choose from multiple topics aimed at teaching people in the Sacramento region how they can help keep the sewers flowing smoothly and protect our local waterways. PSAs were produced in either the live-action or animated category, and more than $2,000 in cash prizes was awarded to 10 winning students and four teachers.
“I am truly impressed at these students’ creative approach and their skills in packaging a product for a pseudo-client,” said Nicole Coleman, Public Affairs Manager for SASD and Regional San. “These PSAs are so well executed, we’re able to use them on our social media channels to help spread the word on how customers can change simple behaviors at home that will help us protect public health and the environment.”

The first place live-action public service announcement was produced by Paolo Garcia of Franklin High School in Elk Grove. The video called “The FOG Must be Stopped” instructs about the importance of keeping Fats, Oils and Greases (FOG) out of the drains.  <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl1qMoqRFOc>

The first place animated PSA from Adeli Burdeinii of Franklin School reminds viewers to not flush expired medications down the drain and to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medicines properly. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7uTUPpz2Nc&feature=youtu.be>

“This is the second year of a three-year partnership with SASD and Regional San” said Gary Martin, Access Sacramento Executive Director. “This type of partnership helps the students understand the value and process of working with a business partner who has expectations about the messaging and the quality of the videos that represent them.”
Access Sacramento is a non-profit foundation and public access cable broadcaster that operates cable channels 17 & 18 on Comcast and Consolidated Communications Cable and on channel 14 on AT&T U-verse.

The second and third place live-action PSAs and second place animated video all remind viewers to keep sanitizing wipes out of the pipes by not flushing them, an important message during the Coronavirus pandemic when so many people are using wipes more frequently. The second-place live-action PSA “Wipes Don’t Break Down” was produced by Luis Pogemiller of Franklin High School. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QouAwpvpH4&feature=youtu.be>

The second-place animated PSA “Pipe Man” was produced by Nicoli Burdeinii of Franklin High School. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxc3CsjjhHY&feature=youtu.be>

The third place live-action PSA “We are Fortunate” was produced by Haley Christiansen of Franklin High School. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXAbHTeeBQQ&feature=youtu.be>

The third-place animated public service announcement comes from New Technology High School of Sacramento. The video by Alex Biondo and Victor Tovar called “FOG Free Drains” addresses the message of avoiding fats, oils and greases (FOG) in the drains. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIs_otA6whE&feature=youtu.be>

 

Four videos were also selected from the total of 68 submitted for Honorable Mention awards.

“Flushing Down” by Calvin Wong of Franklin High School
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“No Wipes in the Pipes” by Katie Nguyen of Franklin High School

<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3ZBBjXbfJ8>

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“Stop the Clog” by Aasha Walia of Franklin High School

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“Trash the Wipes” by Nathan Vaiz and Isaias Gomez of New Technology High School.

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For more information:
Gary Martin
Executive Director
Access Sacramento
Work: 916-456-8600 x 100
Cell:  916-798-2303
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Nicole Coleman
Public Affairs Manager
Sacramento Area Sewer District &
Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District
Work: 916-876-6246
Cell: 916-704-5502