Horizon Foundation holds film competition for Howard students

The Horizon Foundation is holding a student documentary competition for Howard County high school students.

The contest, “Your Voice, Your Choice,” is part of the local nonprofit’s Howard County Unsweetened Initiative, and will allow students to use their talents to address the issue of childhood obesity, foundation president and chief executive officer Nikki Highsmith Vernick said in a release.

“Teenagers are keenly aware of the mixed messages they receive about health, nutrition and sugary beverages,” Highsmith Vernick said. “They are told to make healthy decisions at the same time they are presented with unhealthy options in our community, and this documentary contest provides an opportunity for teens to creatively expose this disconnect and offer their own solutions.”

The goal of the competition, according to the foundation, is for students to share their perspective on the availability of unhealthy drinks, reasons they are so common, and the impact of sugary drinks on health.

The competition is open to all county students in grades 9-12. Students can submit their film individually or as part of a group. Films must be 10 minutes long or less. Deadline for submission is Nov. 8. There is a $10,000 prize for the winning team, or $3,000 for an individual entry. Winning documentaries will be shown at Howard Community College’s Horowitz Center Smith Theatre Dec. 11.

For more information on the competition, go to yvyc.hocounsweetened.org.

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