CTC of Greater Downingtown Announces Youth Prevention Video Contest Winners

Youth Prevention Video Contest Winners(l to r) 1st place winner of the CTC video contest, Ryan Hornak, 8th grader at Lionville Middle School; 2nd place winner of the CTC video contest, Victoria Naftal, 12th grader at Downingtown West High School; 3rd place winner of the CTC video contest, Chloe Shih, 8th grader at Lionville Middle School.

DOWNINGTOWN, PA — Communities that Care of Greater Downingtown (CTC) is thrilled to announce its inaugural alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention youth video contest winners. All 7th – 12th graders who reside in the Downingtown Area school district were invited to submit a short video that highlighted how they spend their time and energy because they have made the decision to not use drugs or alcohol.

Ryan Hornak, an eighth-grader from Lionville Middle School, won first prize in the video contest for his dynamic video which highlighted his passion for skateboarding as the reason he chooses not to use substances. The second-place winner, Victoria Naftal, a senior at Downingtown West High School, showcased her artistic talent in puppet-making as her reason for living a healthy substance-free lifestyle. Finally, third place winner, Chloe Shih, an eighth-grader at Lionville Middle School, discussed how cooking with her family and participating in sports has been a driving influence in her choosing to live a drug and alcohol-free life.

The video contest winners will each receive a cash prize, ranging up to $250.00, and will be featured on CTC of Greater Downingtown’s social media channels. To view the winning videos, visit our YouTube channel link at the bottom of our website: www.dtownctc.org.

CTC of Greater Downingtown knows that most youth do NOT use drugs and alcohol and they wish to celebrate that through this video contest. The Downingtown Area School District Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) data supports this statement as 83.8% of DASD youth said that they had not used alcohol in the past 30 days and 90.1% said that they had not used marijuana in the past 30 days (PAYS 2019).

Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown (CTC) is a coalition of organizations, businesses, schools, faith communities, law enforcement, and healthcare providers using evidence-based prevention programs and policies to foster positive mental health and youth development. Through a Collective Impact Approach, CTC helps communities identify and implement changes that can help students be successful at school, at home, and in the community. CTC’s mission is to empower youth to make positive choices to reach their full potential. Learn more: www.dtownctc.org.

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