Local High School Students Named Winners In “Talk To Your State Senator” Video Competition

Five students from Connellsville Area Senior High School, Connellsville, Fayette County, have finished in third place in the “Talk to Your State Senator” statewide video competition, according to State Senator Pat Stefano (R-32).

Ryan Craig, Andrew Kelley, Nolan Porterfield, Deven Anderson, and David Kieta submitted a video as a group in the high school category.

Senator Stefano said the competition was launched to get middle school and high school students involved in legislative efforts to fight heroin and opioid abuse.  It was sponsored by the Senate of Pennsylvania, with support from members of the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of PA.

Students from around the state submitted video entries highlighting ways to combat abuse, help those who suffer from addiction, and develop laws to address the growing crisis.  Videos were judged based on creativity, content and effectiveness of message delivery. The winners were announced today.   

“I’m so pleased that an entry from our area was selected, and very proud of the hard work and creativity that all the students showed in their videos,” said Stefano.  “The legislature has been actively seeking input on how we can combat this health crisis that is quickly growing in our communities at an alarming rate.  This contest has enabled us to enlist the help of young people in our schools who have witnessed first-hand the negative impact that drugs can have on individuals.”

Stefano said each student will receive a $200 award, which will be deposited into a TAP 529 college savings account in their names.

To view the video and all other winning submissions, go to www.acommonwealthcrisis.com.

The Drug and Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania is a statewide coalition of drug and alcohol abuse prevention and education programs, student assistance programs, drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, recovery services, several statewide drug and alcohol organizations and others.


Ben Wren