The Jaguars Foundation is pleased to announce Middleburg High School as the winner of the 2010 Straight Talk Public Service Announcement Contest with their PSA about preventing sexually transmitted infections. It will air on the EverBank Field video boards during the Jaguars' August 21 preseason game, where the winning group of students will be able to view it as special guests of Delores and Wayne Weaver in the owners' suite.
Area public and private middle and high schools participated in a public service announcement contest in conjunction with the Foundation's annually televised Straight Talk show. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Floridais the co-sponsor of Straight Talk, the Jaguars Foundation's initiative to help prevent teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections among teens.
The objective was for students to produce a creative and effective thirty-second public service announcement relating to teen pregnancy and sexually-transmitted infections prevention, targeting the middle and high school population.
The three finalists were Hastings Youth Academy, Mandarin Middle School and Middleburg High School, chosen by a judging panel and these finalist PSAs were shown on the televised Straight Talk show in May. The viewing audience had the opportunity to nominate their choice for the winning PSA on-line at straighttalk.jacksonville.com.
Middleburg High School was selected the winner based on the following judging criteria: 1) message; 2) production/technical quality; 3) creativity; and, 4) on-line votes.
The Middleburg High School group consists of students Drew Brown, Michael Garner, Emily Hilbert, Deanna Forbes, Katie Osbron, and Kayla Schick under the guidance of teacher Kim Lanoux. The Middleburg High School winning group received an invitation to the owners' suite for the August 21 Jaguars home game to see their PSA played at the game, and a tour of the WJCT 7 public television production studios.
This is the eighth year the Jaguars Foundation has sponsored this contest. Last year's contest winner was Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. View the PSA on the Jaguars Foundation's Straight Talk website on jacksonville.com at: http://straighttalk.jacksonville.com/psa/psa_winner2010.shtml