The WCTE American Graduate Student Video Contest

American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen

Participating students and their teacher/sponsor are asked to create a one-minute video Public Service Announcement conveying the message to “stay in school.” The videos will be reviewed and if selected will be posted on WCTE’s YouTube Channel. A panel of judges selected by WCTE will determine the contest winners.

What is a Public Service Announcement (PSA)?

Public service announcements are a community service provided by WCTE-TV and PBS stations.  PSA’s run in the form of pre-recorded announcements, community calendar announcements, and live read scripts. They are recorded for issues and events that help and or provide a social service and or educational information.

Congratulations to Our Winners


Team Degrassi

Alex Payne, Joanna Distefano, Crystal Burk, Lauren Hill-Chester


That One Team

Logan Monks, Samia Anderson, Hannah Crawford, Killian Boyd


Team Education

Halli Koger

The Guidelines
The PSA's should be one-minute long. They can be as creative as you want and they need to speak to other students who are considering dropping out of school. The message should be simple, direct and targeted and give these students good, solid reasons why they should stay in school.

At the end of your video, you must include the written phrase…

“For more information, please go to”

1) Students must be enrolled in grade 9-12 or a G.E.D. program in the 14 counties of the Upper Cumberland of Tennessee. These counties are: Macon County, Smith County, DeKalb County, Warren County, Jackson County, Pickett County, Overton County, Fentress County, Cumberland County, Clay County, Jackson County, Van Buren County, White County and Putnam County.

2) Students must have a teacher/sponsor to oversee the project and determine the allocation of the prize if the students win.

3) Schools may enter more than one PSA. However, each PSA must have a different team.

4) All those wishing to participate in this contest must notify WCTE by email and include team names, team members, teacher sponsors, school and contact information. This notification of intent to participate must be submitted by 5pm on Monday, February 20, 2012. Please contact Hal at

5) All videos must be submitted on a flash drive by March 19, 2012 to:

The WCTE American Graduate Student Video Contest
P.O. Box 2040
Cookeville, TN

6) Winners will be notified by the end of the business day on Friday, March 30.

There are 3 cash prizes:

First prize is $500.
Second prize is $250.
Third prize is $100.

In addition, the winning entries and teams will be featured in WCTE’s Close-up Magazine/Program Guide, the WCTE Website, WCTE’s YouTube Channel, and possibly on the air.
If you have any questions, contact Hal at

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