WAUKOMIS, Okla. —
A video created, written and produced by a Waukomis High School junior won top honors in a statewide contest, netting a $750 award.
Gail Ederer, executive director of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, a statewide nonprofit organization with a mission to empower Oklahoma residents to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment, came to Waukomis Wednesday afternoon to present Peyton Isbell with a $750 check at a schoolwide assembly.
KOB, in partnership with Oklahoma Department of Transportation, sponsors an annual video contest open to high school and college students.
Peyton’s video, “End Litter, the Old Fashioned Way,” was made to look like a black-and-white silent film. In the 30-second video, Lucy is shown walking through a park strewing litter everywhere. Her friend Abigail sees her and gives her a good “talking to” via onscreen texts. Then both girls pick up and properly dispose of the litter before skipping along the path to the proverbial happy ending.
Peyton created the video as part of a video editing class at Waukomis High School.
“We searched the Internet and came up with some contests, and Peyton came up with the ideas,” said Phillip Pond, her video teacher.
Peyton said she’ll save most of her prize money for college, but probably will take her younger sister, Tatum, and her friend, Khalli River, to dinner to thank them for their assistance with her winning production.
A panel of professionals in the video production, arts and environmental fields narrowed down the hundreds of contest entries, judging on creativity, message, impact and technical skill, Ederer said. Then the finalists’ videos were uploaded to YouTube, where the general public voted for the winners.
Peyton will be given an award at the 23rd annual Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Environmental Excellence Award Celebration in November at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Her video will be shown during the evening.
Additionally, the video will be released to television stations, schools and organizations as an official KOB End Litter public service announcement.
The video can be viewed at http://www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com/end-litter and at http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lbgNXv3aq4