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High school students use creativity to promote energy efficiency awareness
Avista competition awards technology grants to schools for top student-produced videos

Feb. 26, 2013: Creativity and energy efficiency have come together  to earn technology grants for two area high schools thanks to short videos produced by student teams in Avista’s annual Every Little Bit Video Contest.
 
High school students were given the opportunity to create short videos demonstrating the importance of energy efficiency practices and its benefit for the environment.  More than 50 videos were submitted to Avista for judging with students also promoting online voting for their video.
 
The winners of the Grand Prize award were Mike Crawford, Shantara Pintak and Matthew Winchell from Pullman High School in Pullman, Wash. Their “Watts & Hertz” video earned a $2,500 technology grant for their school. Each also received an Apple iPad 3 and a tour of COMRADE Studios in Spokane, Wash., with the opportunity to help prepare their video for television.
 
The Viewer’s Choice award was “Be Bolt”, a video created by Ferris High School students Mark Balabanov, Colin Calvert and Irina Peregudova. Each received an Apple iPod Nano with their school receiving a $1,500 technology grant.
 
Honorable Mention award winners are from Freeman High School in Freeman, Wash., Cheney High School in Cheney, Wash., and Spokane Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Wash. View the top five videos at everylittlebit.com/videocontest.   
 
“These talented students are energy users, and as future customers, they’ll make important choices about the use of earth’s resources,” said Patrick Lynch, Avista's director of energy solutions. "By engaging them in the importance of using energy wisely today, they’ll be better stewards tomorrow.”
 
This is the third consecutive year that a video from a student team at Pullman High School has received a technology grant through the Every Little Bit Video Contest, last year receiving the Viewer’s Choice award. Three Pullman High School teams also received Honorable Mention awards in last year’s contest.
 
“With the money we have received from Avista through the Every Little Bit Video Contest, we have purchased video cameras that have helped us transition from tape-based recording to flash media recording. The results in quality and efficiency have been amazing and have helped advance our school’s multi-media program a great deal,” said Doug Winchell, Pullman High School teacher and instructor for the Multimedia Class. “We will continue to do more of the same with this year’s award. The iPads are a great incentive for kids to work on this project.”
 
The Every Little Bit Video Contest is part of Avista’s energy efficiency education outreach which includes Wattson, the energy efficiency watchdog for K-3 students, with supporting materials for parents and teachers.
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