Eleven students from three Las Cruces middle schools were recognized by Mayor Ken Miyagishima and City Manager Stuart Ed as winners of the City of Las Cruces Public Information Office’s CLC-TV Student Video PSA Contest.

The contest, now in its twelfth year, required students to produce a 30-second video public service announcement. The theme of this year’s contest was “Speak Up.”

A total of 34 entries were received from 60 middle and high school students in the Las Cruces area. Silver and Gold winners were selected, with Gold being the highest honor. Entries were judged based on content, technicality and creativity, according to city officials. All winners will have their PSAs played on CLC-TV Comcast channel 20 for up to one year.

Las Cruces middle school students received certificates and medals at the Las Cruces City Council meeting on Monday, May 7, 2018. The students, posing here with Mayor Ken Miyagishima and City Manager Stuart Ed, were recognized as winners of the 12th annual CLC-TV Student Video PSA Contest.

Las Cruces middle school students received certificates and medals at the Las Cruces City Council meeting on Monday, May 7, 2018. The students, posing here with Mayor Ken Miyagishima and City Manager Stuart Ed, were recognized as winners of the 12th annual CLC-TV Student Video PSA Contest.

Each of the winning students were presented with medals at Monday’s meeting of the Las Cruces City Council, and the Gold-winning videos were played for city councilors and those in attendance.

This year’s winners are:

Gold Winners

  • “No Stupid Questions” by Adelaide Olberding, eighth grade — Sierra Middle School
  • “What If?” by Parker Daniel Drake, eighth grade, and Sean Crawford, seventh grade — Las Cruces Catholic School
  • “Together We Stand” by Paris Gonzalez and Bella Baca, eighth grade — Sierra Middle School

Silver Winners

  • “Hide” by Alena Hernandez, seventh grade, and Anjolie Hernandez, eighth grade — Mesa Middle School
  • “Silently Suffering” by Isaac Nunez, seventh grade — Mesa Middle School
  • “Look Up” by Persephanie Avilucea & Hannah Kelley, eighth grade — Sierra Middle School
Jennifer Martinez, media specialist for the City of Las Cruces, announces the winners of the 12th annual CLC-TV Student Video PSA Contest at the Las Cruces City Council Meeting on Monday, May 7, 2018.

Jennifer Martinez, media specialist for the City of Las Cruces, announces the winners of the 12th annual CLC-TV Student Video PSA Contest at the Las Cruces City Council Meeting on Monday, May 7, 2018.

All three Gold-winning PSAs are also posted at CLCTV.com so the public can vote for an overall favorite. The student or duo who receives the most votes for their PSA will each win a brand new Go Pro video camera. Voting is open now and the deadline to vote is Sunday, May 13. The winning PSA will be announced on the City of Las Cruces Facebook page on Monday, May 14.

-LCPS Director of Communications Damien Willis, dwillis@lcps.net, (575) 527-5811