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CASAC Video Contest:
Live Above the Influence

Video camera + Live Above the Influence (arrow logo) = $500

CASAC announces that Nigel Eastman, a junior at Jamestown High School, is the winner of their first Live Above the Influence Public Service Announcement Contest.

Nigel wins $500, plus his video will be aired on the local Time Warner Cable YNN station beginning October 29th.

The contest, funded by CASAC and Chautauqua Tapestry, gave students across the county the opportunity to learn about media production by creating a positive television message. The goal of the contest was for the student to create a 30-second video by describing how “any influence that makes me less than me is not for me! I am above the influence!”

All submitted videos are now eligible to be entered into a national Above the Influence PSA video contest sponsored by the Partnership at Drugfree, previously a project of the Office of National Drug Policy.

Over 85 county students worked in groups to create over 40 videos that were submitted to CASAC’s contest. A preliminary judging process eliminated all but 24 which will be available for viewing at

Photo: winner with certificate
Billie Jean Hubert, Victoria A. Patti and contest winner Nigel Eastman

Placing second was Tyler Steklasa of Silver Creek Central School; third place was Connor Graves; fourth place was Nate Serio and Adam Klajbor; and fifth place was Meghan Gallivan, all of Silver Creek Central School.

The videos were judged for integration of theme, inspiration, using positive messages, originality, clarity, quality and creativity. Serving as judges for the contest were local video producer Kipp Reynolds, freelance videographer Sheridan A. Smith, Gary Peters Jr., Victoria Patti of Chautauqua Tapestry and John Barber, YMCA Teen Director.

Photo: contest judges