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Alabama public high schools may win $3,500 in video contest prizes, deadline April 17

For Immediate Release                                                         
For more information contact: Denise L. Berkhalter,                               , 334/277-9700 or direct at 334/386-9436




Montgomery, AL - (February 2013) – The Alabama Association of School Boards Board of Directors announces its second annual statewide “How We Achieve Excellence in Our School” video contest for public high schools. The contest applauds excellence in teaching, the creativity of Alabama’s public high school students and the positive school experiences that inspire students to graduate. Three lucky schools will win prizes for their 30- to 60-second commercials/public service announcements. The top three videos will be shown at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at AASB’s annual convention at The Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham and at the June 11 Alabama State Board of Education meeting in Montgomery. They will also be on Alabama Public Television’s website, and AASB’s website,


Prizes are:

·         First Prize: $1,500 & Bloggie Touch video camera

·         Second Prize: $1,000 & Bloggie Touch video camera

·         Third Prize: $500 & Bloggie Touch video camera

Timeline: The contest begins Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Entries must be postmarked by Wednesday April 17, 2013, and submitted to the Alabama Association of School Boards. The AASB office – at 4240 Lomac St. in Montgomery, AL 36106 – is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Entries may be mailed to:

AASB Video Contest
P.O. Drawer 230488
Montgomery, AL 36123-0488

Length & format:  School systems should submit no more than two student-produced entries, saved in DVD format. High quality video preferred (720p to 1080p). No shorter than 30 seconds and no longer than 60 seconds. Submission and release forms must accompany each entry.


Evaluation criteria (as judged by Alabama Public Television and other media professionals):

·         Creativity & originality

·         Production quality & technical skill (sound, video, transitions, etc.)

·         Effectiveness in portraying the theme

Sponsors:  Alabama Association of School Boards, Fairbanks LLC and Alabama Public Television (American Graduate grant funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting)


Public recognition: The top three videos will be shown Dec. 7 at AASB’s convention at The Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, where the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded their prizes; at the June 11 Alabama State Board of Education meeting in Montgomery; on Alabama Public Television’s website,; and on AASB’s website,


The Alabama Association of School Boards represents all of the state’s public local school boards. Since 1949, AASB has served education leaders and the interests of local decision making in public education. The association’s mission is to develop excellent school board leaders through quality training, advocacy and services. Visit

Fairbanks LLC, a Chicago-based company, brings significant expertise in implementing and managing Medicaid reimbursement programs for health related services. The Fairbanks team works in partnership with AASB to file Medicaid Direct Service claims on behalf of participating Alabama school systems. Visit

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), in partnership with America's Promise Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has launched American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen — an initiative to raise awareness of and bring attention to the dropout issue and create community-based projects that make school more personalized and relevant for students, engage parents, and develop and support effective teachers. Visit


Contest Flyer_Alabama.pdf
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