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Middleburg High School Wins 2008 Straight Talk PSA Contest

The Jaguars Foundation is pleased to announce Middleburg High School as the winner of this year's Straight Talk Public Service Announcement (PSA) Contest. Their PSA is about thinking through situations that could lead to unplanned pregnancy. It will air on the stadium video screens during the Jaguars' August 9 preseason game, where the winning group of students will be able to view it as special guests (on Kids Day) in the Weaver Suite.

All area public and private middle and high schools and nonprofit organizations were invited to participate in a public service announcement contest in conjunction with the Foundation's annually televised Straight Talk program. The objective was for students to produce a creative and effective thirty-second public service announcement relating to teen pregnancy and sexually-transmitted infection (STI) prevention, targeting the middle school population.

The finalists – Middleburg High School, Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Stanton College Preparatory School and Northwestern Middle School – were chosen by a judging panel and these finalist PSAs were shown on the televised Straight Talk show last May.

Middleburg High School was selected the winner by a judging panel based on the following judging criteria: 1) Message; 2) Production/Technical Quality; 3) Creativity, and 4) On-Line Votes (the viewing audience of the Straight Talk show had the opportunity to nominate their choice for the winning PSA on-line at straighttalk.jacksonville.com).

The Middleburg High School group consists of students Alex Driver, Tabitha Gathright, Casey Liening, and Nadine Padgett as producers of the PSA under the guidance of teacher Renee Roemer. Drama teacher Kim Lanoux also participated in the PSA and will be accompanying the students to the Weaver Suite on August 9. In addition to the invitation to the Weaver Suite for the August 9 Jaguars game, the Middleburg winning group will also receive an invitation to tour WJCT 7 television studios.

This is the fifth year the Jaguars Foundation has run this contest. Last year's contest winner was Stanton College Preparatory School; 2006 winner was Paxon School for Advanced Studies; 2005 winner was Fleming Island High School and the 2004 winner was Bartram Trail High School.

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