“#KickRxAbuse” video contest winners announced

December 6th, 2016

The below press release is courtesy of the Indiana Attorney General’s office:

Seven high school students to receive Colts V.I.P gameday experience

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – (12/6/2016)The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force of the Indiana Attorney General’s office, and the Indianapolis Colts would like to congratulate Mrs. Walker’s 10th Grade Health Class at The King’s Academy in Jonesboro, Indiana for winning the #KickRxAbuse video challenge.

The #kickRxabuse video challenge was led by Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who urges students to join the fight against prescription drug abuse in his own 30-second YouTube video. The winning video submission was created by The King’s Academy students Jenna Vermillion, Hayden Herring, Anna Holland, Lauren Winningham, Lauren Curtis, Elijah Myers, Anna Miner, Giselle Sallade, Christian Wood, Josiah Wollan, Leah Kiers and Ally James, and can be viewed here.

“The King’s Academy is excited to have been chosen to speak to this important problem in our state,” said Tony Miner, Principal at The King’s Academy. “We hope the video will help students understand the full impact that prescription drug abuse has on their lives and the people around them. Our most sincere thanks goes out to the Indiana State Attorney General’s Office and the Indianapolis Colts for making this competition possible.”

Aimed at ending prescription drug abuse among teenagers, the video challenge gave Indiana students from grades 6 through 12 the opportunity to create and upload a 30-second YouTube video that highlights the dangers of abusing prescription medications. The contest, which began on Oct. 1, received a total of 72 video submissions from student groups across the state of Indiana.

“Anytime you have students working together to bring awareness to serious issues such as prescription drug abuse, you have to be very proud. We appreciate and thank all who participated in the contest, and we congratulate our winning group of students, as well as the runners up,” said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, creator and co-chair of the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force.

The students will receive VIP Colts game tickets, free lunch at the Colts Grille prior to the game, and a limo ride to and from the Colts Grille. The King’s Academy students also will get to tour the Colts’ complex and meet Adam Vinatieri at the end of the season.

In addition to the Colts V.I.P gameday experience, the students’ school, The King’s Academy, will receive a $5,000 cash prize donated by the Indianapolis Colts and presented by Attorney General Zoeller on Dec. 9 at 8 a.m. at The King’s Academy in Jonesboro, Indiana.

The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force of the Indiana Attorney General’s office, and the Indianapolis Colts would also like to congratulate Greenfield-Central High School’s radio and TV program, and Gordon McNulty, a student at Herron High School, for being a runner up in the #KickRxAbuse video challenge. All of the finalists’ videos can be seen here.

The Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force encourages all who participated in the contest to continue sharing your videos and help get the word out about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs.

For more information about the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force and the Attorney General’s efforts to reduce prescription drug abuse visit www.BitterPill.in.gov.