El Modena PSA wins national honor – Orange County Register

The “Just Say No” anti-drug message created by El Modena High School’s advanced video production class was named Best Video in the High School Division at the Elks National Conventions, and it was shown to an audience of 5,000.

The class, taught by Vicki Mull, first created the PSA for the Orange Elks Lodge No. 1475. The video first won at the lodge level, then advanced to win in the Elk’s Orange Coast District and in the California-Hawaii Elk’s Association, before claiming the national honor. The class received monetary prizes at each level of competition.

Revelstoke Sanz was the lead actor in the video; students involved in the creation include: Markus Albihn, Luis Arreguin, Monique Azpeteia, Kailey Bereczky, Jocelyne Blanco, Nareg Donabedian, Kimi Engelbrecht, Lloyd Graham, Jeffrey Gremling, Keegan Lamb, Britney Lee, Kevin Nguyen, Donavyn Suffel and Xavier Williams.

The Elks National Drug Awareness program is the largest all-volunteer drug prevent and awareness program in the country. The local Orange Lodge, under chairman Mike Cash, presents drug awareness programs at high schools and middle schools in the area.

The El Modena PSA will be screened at a school-wide assembly, as well as by the Elks. To view the video, check YouTube for “Just Say No PSA.”

The video was also nominated for Best PSA at the Orange County Film Festival.

Cerro Villa Middle School won the Orange Elks Lodge and the district award for its drug-awareness video in the Middle School Division.  The participating film students, under the direction of Bernard Tayag, include Paige Califf, Lexi Fisher, Ben Griffith, Gwen Hodson, Matt Jelensky, Jacob Lipres, Meg Nichols, Joey O’Donnell, Zach Shenoudam and Raya Tamburrelli.

Total eclipse viewing party

A solar eclipse, a rare phenomenon last seen in 1979, will be visible in North America on Aug. 21. Although Orange is not in the path to experience totality, a 69 percent solar eclipse is projected for 10:21 a.m. Santiago Charter Middle School invites the community to gather at Santiago Field, beginning at 10:05 a.m., to view this rare occurrence, using special solar eclipse-safe sunglasses provided by Astronomers Without Borders.

Administrative changes

Orange City Councilman Fred Whitaker, Councilman Mark Murphy, Councilman Mike Alvarez and Councilwoman Kim Nichols thank Mike Christensen, center, for his years of service to the Orange Unified School District. (Courtesy of Andrea Mills)

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