District Attorney Gascón Announces Winners for 2nd Annual “Bye Bye Bullying” Video Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 4, 2013

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced the winners of the 2nd Annual “Bye Bye Bullying” video contest today. The bullying awareness video contest was open to all middle school and high school students in San Francisco. This year’s video contest touched on the following three themes: What is cyberbullying? What are the effects of cyberbullying? What can you do to prevent cyberbullying?

“Cyberbullying has become a part of every young person’s life affecting 56% of teens,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “The ‘Bye Bye Bullying” video contest inspired young people all over the city to find their voice and educate their peers to think critically, interact responsibility with technology, and be part of the solution.”

A total of 40 videos were submitted from San Francisco middle and high school students. Students showcased their knowledge of the digital world and offered solutions to stand up against bullying. Videos were judged on the quality of presentation, creativity, educational approach, and the overall message conveyed.

The winning videos are as follows:

1st place - “Part of the 13 Millions”
Lillibelle Liang, 9th grade, Lincoln High School
http://youtu.be/tQIXJRItlzw

2nd place – “A Brief Intro to Cyberbullying”
Christopher Pang, 12th grade, Galileo High School
http://youtu.be/zT9kl-jnqCM

3rd place – “Love Hate Make the Right Choice”
Wallenberg High School
Allison Talker, 11th grade
Amy Johnson, 11th grade
http://youtu.be/zvse2eqDoAI

The videos were evaluated by a panel of Judges including: Renel Brooks-Moon, Radio personality and public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants; Cheryl Jennings, News Anchor for ABC 7 News; San Francisco Youth Commission Mia Tu Mutch, and Jason Brock from the X Factor.

The first place winners received a $250 gift card from Zendesk. The second place winner received a Jambox Classic courtesy of Jawbone. The third place winners received a signed baseball from the SF Giants.

Because every student who entered the video contest is a winner, San Francisco-based companies Spotify and Zendesk have generously donated to host a celebration for all participating students on December 9th.

The contest was presented by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and sponsored by: San Francisco Unified School District, Zendesk, SF Giants, Common Sense Media, James Hall Photography, United States Department of Justice, Filipina Womens’ Network, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Bay Area Video Coalition, Twitter, Facebook, and Zynga.

“Bye Bye Bullying” is part of the District Attorney’s Truancy Initiative to keep kids in school. For more information, www.sfdistrictattorney.com
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