Indiana senior wins grant for school
Savanna Smith, a senior Digital Media Production student at Indiana Area Senior High School, under the direction of teacher Erik Puskar, has won a $5,000 cash grant for her school as the third-place winner of the Penelec “Ways 2 Save Electricity” video contest.
She created the award-winning video, “Just Unplug It!,” showcasing how each individual can contribute to energy conservation.
In total, nearly 200 videos from schools across Pennsylvania were entered in the contest for a chance to receive one of 10 cash grants totaling $110,000 for their school.
The winning videos can be viewed at http://ways2save contest.com.
In October 2013, Penelec invited local middle, junior and senior high school students to create their own original 90-second videos demonstrating ways to save electricity and correct energy-wasting habits at homes, schools or businesses for a chance to win a cash grant for their school.
All videos were required to be produced under a teacher’s supervision.
“We were truly impressed by the creativity of the videos we received in our ‘Ways 2 Save Electricity’ video contest and the genuine enthusiasm the students showed in their efforts to help spread the world about electricity-saving measures,” said Scott Wyman, Penelec regional president.
Smith, 18, is the daughter of Bob and Judy Smith, of Indiana.
She plans to attend Columbia College in Chicago to pursue her career in video/production.
Puskar is the Television & Video Productions I, II, & III Instructor & Coordinator, Photojournalism I, II & III Instructor & Coordinator, Public Speaker Instructor and an American History Instructor at the Indiana Senior High School.