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The PSA Video Contest has been held for the past 9 years as a part of the Choose Respect Initiative. Middle and High School students are asked to create a 60 second video addressing dating violence.
The contest is sponsored by Verizon Wireless through its partnership with the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation.
For the past two years, the Montgomery County Police Department Foundation and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Omega Chapter have also sponsored the fan favorite award. 



This contest challenges teens to create an original Public Service Announcement (PSA) video to promote awareness of dating abuse and domestic violence among teens. Participants are encouraged to be creative!
Eligibility: This contest is open to all 6th - 12th grade students living in Montgomery County. Students can enter the contest on their own or as a group; however, students may only participate in ONE  entry. If a student in any way participates in more than one PSA video, all of those entries will be  disqualified.
Entry Rules:
  • All submissions must have a title.
  • All submissions must be in either English or Spanish.
  • All submissions must be 50-70 seconds in length.
  • All submissions must be uploaded to Google Drive, Dropbox, YouTube, or similar program.
  • You will then have to provide us with the link via our Online Contest Submission Form 
  • All submissions must address 2 aspects of dating abuse (physical abuse, emotional/verbal abuse, types of technological abuse, financial abuse or issues around consent).
  • All submissions must include the Montgomery County Family Justice Center - 240-773-0444 as the resource where victims of domestic violence and dating abuse can get help.
  • Submissions may NOT include ANY copyrighted music, audio/video clips, characters,    logos, or other protected material. Videos may include music only if it is considered “open source” music, or if it is composed and played by a student (or students) in the group.
Evaluation and Prizes:
All submissions will be reviewed by an expert judging panel, with cash prizes going to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and Honorable Mention prizes going to 4th and 5th place. A “Fan Favorite” will also be selected from the Top 5 via public vote during the month of April, and will receive an additional prize. The winning PSA Videos will be announced at the Choose Respect Conference on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Richard Montgomery High School. Winning students MUST BE PRESENT at the conference to claim their prize. More information about this event will be given to contest entrants upon receipt of their submission.
  1st Place:  $1,000            2nd Place:  $750               3rd Place:  $500
To Enter:
1. Create your video, and make sure it follows all of the rules listed above.
2. Upload your video to Google Drive, Dropbox, YouTube, or similar program.
3. Fill out the Online PSA Contest Submission Form, where you will have to answer a few questions and provide a link to your video.



The winners of the 2018 Choose Respect PSA Contest were:
1st Place:    Text Me Back, K? - Wootton High School
2nd Place:    Triad - Tryka Film Coalition
3rd Place:    Isolation - Sherwood High School
Honorable Mention and Fan Favorite:    I'm Fine. - Richard Montgomery High School 
Honorable Mention:    Because He Told Me So - The Girl Scouts

​1st Place and Fan Favorite - "Because He Loves Me" - ​Northwest High School

2nd Place - "The Gift of Respect" –Club PROVIDE
Honorable Mention - This is My Story - Hallie Wells Middle School​
1st Place - "I Came, I Saw, I Conquered" - Roberto Clemente Middle School
2nd Place - "Abuse Does Not Discriminate" - Sherwood High School
3rd Place - "Don't Be Silenced" - Forrest Oak Middle School
Honorable Mention - "Why Me?" - Gaithersburg High School
Honorable Mention - "Does He Really Like You?" - Wheaton High School

1st Place - "Bruises" - James Hubert Blake High School
2nd Place - "Out of the Dark" - James Hubert Blake High School
3rd Place - "Locked" - James Hubert Blake High School
Honorable Mention - "It Has To End" - James Hubert Blake High School
Honorable Mention - "There's No Excuse" - Sherwood High School
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