Penns Valley Named Semi-Finalist in the ‘Talk to Your State Senator’ Video Contest

(HARRISBURG) – State Senator Jake Corman (R-34) announced today the video submitted by Penns Valley Area High School PVmedia class has advanced to the statewide level of the “Talk to Your State Senator” Video Competition.

      “The PVmedia video paints a powerful picture of one of the worst epidemics of our generation while providing resources so viewers can get help for themselves or someone they love,” Senator Corman said. “Their message is powerful. I am thankful they chose to get involved in legislative efforts to fight heroin and opioid abuse by creating this video.”

The contest was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Senate with support from members of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Association of PA. Students were encouraged to submit video entries of no longer than five minutes that highlight ways to combat abuse, help those who suffer from addiction and develop laws to address the current crisis.

The PVmedia class is one of 27 semi-finalist videos statewide. The team members are Ziantha Baughman, Chris Colwell, Max Engle, Tristan Klinefelter and Keira Witman.         

“This crisis affects all of us and does not discriminate,” Senator Corman said. “I commend these students for caring enough about their community to use their talents to create a meaningful video that sends a strong message.”

As a semi-finalist, the Penns Valley students, along with the other semi-finalists, will be judged by a panel of professionals who are experts in the drug and alcohol field.  The judges will score each entry based on several factors, including the overall message, content, and creativity.

The “Talk to Your Senator” grand prize winners will be announced in April and posted on and Facebook.  Prizes are $2,500 for first place; $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third.

“Good luck to the PVmedia students as they compete with their peers throughout the state,” Senator Corman said. “I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to watch their compelling video.”


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