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Friends of the Petaluma River's Watershed Classroom, in collaboration with the City of Petaluma, annually offers three scholarships to high school students and three scholarships to middle school students.

Students should create a short, compelling, well filmed and edited PSA answering a prompt that will be provided soon.

Videos can be a skit, fake newscast, music video, documentary style video, or even an animation. We encourage students to be creative!

Guidelines for Entry

  1. Videos should be exactly 40 OR 55 seconds long.

  2. Last scene of the video must include the Friends of the Petaluma River, Watershed Classroom, and City of Petaluma Logos (Available for download below).

  3. All entries must be created by students without professional assistance (Teacher advice ok).

  4. Contestants must have rights to all media (sound, music, images) included in the video. (See "Additional Resources" section below for more information on usage rights and copyright laws)

  5. Each entry should be submitted in one of the following formats: .mp4, .mpg, .wmv, .avi, or .mov.

  6. Entries must be submitted with sources cited for all visual and audio media. This will be part of contestants’ entry form, not included in the video.

  7. Videos should be submitted with entry form (below)

Edits

Contestants may be required to edit videos before receiving award money. Always keep an editable version of your video on a device which you have access to even when school is not in session.

Scholarships Awarded to Middle School Students
FIRST PLACE $750
SECOND PLACE $500
THIRD PLACE $250

Scholarships Awarded to Middle School Students
FIRST PLACE $750
SECOND PLACE $500
THIRD PLACE $250

Awards were distributed at the Watershed Classroom Student Showcase on April 18th

Who is Eligible?

Students grades 6 through 8, and 9 through 12, at any school in Petaluma or Penngrove are eligible.

This includes Petaluma, Casa Grande, San Antonio, St. Vincent de Paul, Sonoma Mountain, and Carpe Diem High Schools. Home school students also welcome.

Students may work in teams but cash prize will be split between them.

Winners Determined By:

  1. Accuracy of knowledge shared

  2. Clarity of ideas conveyed

  3. Video aesthetics

2018 Winning High School Videos:

1st Place Winner of the 2018 Video Award

2nd Place Video Award Winner

3rd Place Video Award Winner



Logos

Click images to download


Additional Resources

Sound and Music Resources

 

An in-depth explanation of how you are allowed to use music and sound in your Watershed Classroom Video Award Submission.

An explanation of US music copyright laws by Public Domain Information (pdinfo.com).

NOTE: Sites listed in this article have NOT been tested or verified by Friends of the Petaluma River or the City of Petaluma. Use at your own risk!

NOTE: Sites listed in this article have NOT been tested or verified by Friends of the Petaluma River or the City of Petaluma. Use at your own risk!

Using Images and Video

 

An in-depth explanation of how you are allowed to use video and images in your Watershed Classroom Video Award Submission.

An explanation on the legal use of images from coyprightlaws.com.

NOTE: Sites listed in this article have NOT been tested or verified by Friends of the Petaluma River or the City of Petaluma. Use at your own risk!

Filming a Public Service Announcement

 

Link to the Public Service Announcement description on Wikipedia. 

A link to the article "How to Make the Perfect Public Service Announcement" by the Center for Digital Education.

A page containing past winners of a similar award in the Russian River Watershed. NOTE: Be inspired by these videos. Do not copy them!


2017 Winning Submission:

Pollution Solution
Alisa Dreyer & Logan Douglas
Petaluma High School

The 2017 contest explored storm water pollution in the Petaluma Watershed (NOTE: This is a longer video format than the 2018 specifications allowed.)


Contact stephanie@friendsofthepetalumariver.org with any questions