West High students vie for national title
West High again in running for national title
Posted on 05/03/2019
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Once again a team of students from Fort Zumwalt West High School has created a powerful Public Service Announcement. For the past three years, teams from Fort Zumwalt West High School’s Advanced Speech class, taught by Sharon Duggan, have been the the St. Louis regional winner in the The Greatest Save Teen PSA Contest. Last year the national winner was from West High.

This year’s entry, created by Janae Taylor, Katie Pauk and Maddie Wieseman, focuses on the fact that abuse knows no gender and is in the running for the same honor. Online voting is open until July 15.

The Teen PSA Program is a peer-to-peer crime prevention program of the KinderVision Foundation, a recognized charity of Major League Baseball. Regional winners are recognized by their local baseball team. The winner of the national contest has their public service announcement broadcast during the Major League All-Star Game.

Duggan began participating in the program a few years ago as a way to help students in her Advanced Speech class take their messages beyond Fort Zumwalt. The PSAs are completed as the multi-media unit of the curriculum.

The Greatest Save Teen PSA Program was developed at the suggestion of law enforcement in response to the following statistics: 

--The age group most at-risk from sexual predators is 14-17 --One in four girls will be a victim of sexual abuse --One in seven youth will be sexually solicited online --Young women ages 16-24 are triple the national average for dating violence 

Watch the video, then cast your vote.