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Media Technology Students Win Big in Drug Prevention Competition

Media students at Heyward Career and Technology Center won first-place and second-place awards in the Red Ribbon Week Reel Scripts for Real Change creative contest. The competition invites middle and high school students in Richland and Lexington counties to produce short word pieces or public service announcements (PSAs) that spread prevention messages about the importance of living drug-free lives. This is the second consecutive year that Heyward has won the competition, which is sponsored by the Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council (LRADAC).


First Place Members of the first-place winning team in the Reel Scripts for Real Change PSA contest received $30 gift cards and other prizes from LRADAC. Pictured (left to right) are LRADAC Adult Prevention Specialist Hailey Kanipe, Heyward students Jakob Gooch, Christopher Faust and De’Asia Alston, along with Heyward media technology instructor Reginald China.


Heyward Second Place Members of Heyward’s second-place winning team in LRADAC’s Reel Scripts for Real Change PSA competition also were recognized for their achievement. Pictured (left to right) with LRADAC Adult Prevention Specialist Hailey Kanipe are Heyward students Ugo Okreke, Dorian Etheridge, Ethan Jones, Perryon Harris-Taylor, Kyrah Reising and Darius Blanks, along with their media technology teacher, Reginald China.