Winners have been named in our second annual Upper Valley High Communications Competition! Please join us in congratulating Becky Kelecy for best Print Public Service Announcement (PSA), Damien Murray for Television PSA, and Tess Johnson for the winning Radio PSA. Becky and Tess hail from Hartford and Damian is representing Lebanon High School. All are seniors in the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center’s Media Arts program taught by Felicia Allard. Their public service announcements will support Local First Alliance’s ongoing media campaign and answer the question: Why is it cool to shop at locally owned businesses? Submissions from 11 students were evaluated and winners selected by the Local First Alliance Steering Committee.

“We all really appreciate having a meaningful class assignment for an organization that helps our communities,” said Lebanon High School Student and television PSA winner, Damien Murray.

The winning print PSA will run in the Valley News and on the back of a Chippers truck, the winning radio PSA will run on Great Eastern Radio stations, and the winning television PSA will run on our local tv stations. Each winning artist received a $100 cash award courtesy of Lake Sunapee Bank, Mascoma Savings Bank, and Vital Communities with a $100 gift certificate generously donated by Great Eastern Radio and Lebanon Village Pizza.

“The competition was tough this year with several excellent submissions in each category. We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with these talented students and to mutually benefit from their hard work.” – Emily Gardner, Local First Alliance Manager

Watch for these amazing PSA’s in our community throughout the rest of this year and join us as we continue to urge our community to remember to keep it local and look for the logo!