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June 11, 2012

2012 High School Media Literacy Video

by Randy Ziegenfuss

Salisbury High School was awarded a grant through Drug Free Pennsylvania to develop media based on research and development on media literacy and media messages in the adolescent world.  Mr. Kelly Wetherhold and his media students were asked to create a video designed to reach out to the current generation, sharing meaningful messages and ideas.  The students involved in this process developed many critical skills. Problem-solving, creativity and production all became relevant, and the students truly benefited from the experience.  Student views of media and its power also developed and were altered throughout the course of the grant initiative.

The grant opportunity provided Salisbury High School with funding to purchase an iPad and HD video camera, technical assistance and collaboration opportunities for students to implement a student-centered, peer-to-peer media literacy initiative focused on examining and understanding the impact of media messages on drug and alcohol use among teenagers. High schools from across Pennsylvania competed for three slots in the inaugural program. The selection committee chose Salisbury High School for participation this year.

The video below will be featured at a Drug Free Pennsylvania conference in Pittsburgh, PA this coming fall. Congratulations to Mr. Wetherhold and the students who participated: Abigail Eichorn, Jackie Busolits, Joe Skibbens, Abby Stevens, Alan Mendez, Tommy Walters, Bridgett Higgins, Lauren Brown, Kelly Esslinger, Jason Carne, and Alexa Bartel. Please watch the final video product and leave a comment!

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