As Frederick County Public School (FCPS) students begin their 2nd semester, they were given the opportunity to enter in a video contest.

Students of all levels (elementary, middle, and high school) were challenged to construct a thirty to sixty second video about the dangers of drug abuse. The contest was aClassmates01 350 created by a local collaboration between Frederick County Government, Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick County Health Department, and the Frederick County Sheriff’s office. The State of Maryland understand that there are issues with drug abuse and Frederick County wanted to lead the charge by making a contest that involved student to make a difference.

Being the first year of the contest, FCPS has received 92 submissions! Judging will be based off of votes as well as a panel of judges including members from the Hagerstown International Film Festival. Each student creates an idea and then adds their own creative twist with the use of props, after effects, camera shots, and various post-production techniques to make their video. There were multiple young filmmakers of all age groups that entered the contest including 16 high school entries, 28 middle school entries and 47 elementary school entries. All entries can be seen at

With my knowledge of video production that I learned at the Frederick County Career and Technology Center (CTC), this contest was perfect for me. I developed an idea with the from the Transition Skills class at CTC. Being our first time working together, I was amazed by our outcome. The film was very powerful and got the message across. Since the video has been posted, we received over 150 likes and the number keeps rising. You can check our entry out here:

 We are hoping our entry makes a big impact on our community and if we can stop at least one person from doing drugs then we feel we have done our job.

11380894 371992579662443 42512815 nGabriella Punturiero is a senior at the Frederick County Career and Technology Center. She is starting her 3 year in TV/Multimedia Production and is focusing on directing and writing. Gabriella also is attending Frederick Community College to help expand her skill set. Gabriella is also an avid Lacrosse player and would like to continue playing in college along with following her passion for Video Production.