A Franklin High School student’s video for the Sacramento Area Sewer District was named the first place winner today in Access Sacramento‘s 3rd Annual High School Public Service Announcement (PSA) competition.

Franklin High School senior Jacob Sullivan’s video earned top honors, a cash prize of $100 and a cable television premiere of his video and live interview during Access Sacramento‘s Live Wire program on Wed. May 3 at 5 p.m.

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Watch the first place award-winning video HERE. The video called “F.O.G. Tips” helps explain how making simple changes by keeping Fats,Oils and Grease out of sinks can help keep drains clear and the sewer system operating efficiently.

“We are thrilled to have so many high quality videos in the competition this year,” said Gary Martin, Access Sacramento Executive Director. “Combining high quality audio with original student-created video or animation requires professional level skills, and Jacob Sullivan’s project demonstrates just what’s possible with the right tools and time.”

The 2017 competition drew 105 entries from 10 high schools and annually features three non-profit or government organizations who provide content details and then select the finalists.  This year the students could create videos for either the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the Sacramento Area Sewer District, or the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Another Frankilin High School Student won 2nd Place; Erika Rylander’s PSA “Trash ’em, Don’t Flush ’em” was also for the Sacramento Area Sewer District. Her runner-up finish includes a $50 cash award.

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Access Sacramento selected two videos for a tie in 3rd Place.  Sacramento New Technology High School student Francisco Torres did a fast-motion video called “Drawing our Issues: Stop the Clog” for the Sacramento Area Sewer District.

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Franklin High School’s Mathew Jacinto did a PSA titled “In a Second” for the California Office of Traffic Safety.  Each earns a 3rd Place Certificate and a $25 cash award.

The check presentation ceremony for the four top video will occur Wed. May 3 at 5 p.m. on Access Sacramento’s Live Wire show hosted by Ray Tatar.  The program is Sacramento County’s longest running weekly interview show highlighting arts, culture and Sacramento County non-profits since 1992.  The program may be seen on Comcast or Consolidated Communications Cable channel 17, A&T& U-Verse channel 14 or streaming live from AccessSacramento.org.

Competition Rules and Deadlines are available HERE.

The judges from the three non-profit clients also selected seven other finalists who will all receive Certificates of Merit. They are:

From SMUD:

Digging Danger
Jacob Bru
Franklin High School



“Power PSA (SMUD)
Justin Parker
Cosumnes Oaks High School



From the California Office of Traffic Safety:

“Steer Clear of Texting”
Kyron Kirby
Sacramento New Technology High School



“A Tale of Interweaving Rides”
Ryan Nguyen
Cosumnes Oaks High School



“Bike Safety”
Jerique Dayne Suba
Cosumnes Oaks High School



“Deadly Driving”
Quor-Boa Hoang
Cosumnes Oaks High School



“Your Luck Will Run Out”
Kyle Whigham
Cosumnes Oaks High School



The 10 participating high schools for the 2016-17 were: Bella Vista, Burbank, Center, Cosumnes Oaks, Folsom, Franklin, Inderkum, Liberty Ranch, Pleasant Grove, Sacramento New Technology, and Sheldon.

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For more information:  
Gary Martin
Access Sacramento Executive Director
(916) 456-8600 Ext. 0
For more information, call 916-456-8600 ext. 0 or garymartin@AccessSacramento.org
Access Sacramento is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation