WV youth participate in teen pregnancy prevention campaign - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

WV youth participate in teen pregnancy prevention campaign

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: One lane of Route 20 near Hinton is back open

    BREAKING: Route 20 in Hinton blocked by rockslide

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:39:43 GMT
    Dispatchers in Summers County are asking people to use caution this morning while traveling on Route 20.The road was closed at around 8:40 a.m. after rocks tumbled into the roadway.  Route 20 is closed
    Dispatchers in Summers County are asking people to use caution this morning while traveling on Route 20.
  • 1800s schoolhouse found in barn in Mercer County

    1800s schoolhouse found in barn in Mercer County

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:38:55 GMT
    A property owner finds an old schoolhouse during demolition on his barn near the Moncalm area of Mercer County. Historians say the structure is the old Mullins School and believe it's hundreds of years
    A property owner finds an old schoolhouse during demolition on his barn near the Moncalm area of Mercer County.
  • Thanked an emergency dispatcher? It's their day

    Thanked an emergency dispatcher? It's their day

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:06:19 GMT
    Thursday is national Dispatcher Day. We are also in National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. It's a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public and to set aside
    Thursday is national Dispatcher Day. We are also in National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. It's a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public and to set aside

West Virginia historically has had a high teen birth rate. But last month, youth across the state and country took steps to increase awareness about the consequences of teen pregnancy.

As part of National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's month-long campaign, The Leadership to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Taskforce of West Virginia organized a video contest for middle and high school students. The students created a public service announcement about teen pregnancy prevention and included statistics from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

"The kids were really excited about the opportunity to create their own awareness video," said Torri Childs, Mission West Virginia's THINK program director. "We received several submissions, and it was obvious that the participants put a lot of thought and creativity into their videos. This contest provided a fun opportunity to create awareness throughout West Virginia while also getting the youth involved."

The videos were posted online where the public cast nearly 800 votes for their favorites.

Students from Logan Middle School—Marli Hatcher, Madyson Ooten, Marki Lester and Allison Click—won the contest at the middle school level. Haley Wiseman and Cassie Hammes from Herbert Hoover High School won the contest at the high school level. Each winner received an iPad.

The taskforce has announced plans to host another video contest next year.