Plant City youth pop group NRG earned top honors in a national anti-bullying competition.
The group won non-profit Energize Students' “Say NO to Bullying” contest. The goal of the contest, which generated a response of more than 100 videos, was to give students a unique opportunity to creatively showcase how they would take a stand against bullying. The contest ran through October's Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.
All submissions received were reviewed by the Energize Students team, and 16 videos were chosen to move forward to a public voting period, which lasted one week.
"This is the third year we've run our 'Say NO to Bullying' contest, and every year, I'm even more amazed by the creativity and passion these students display in their anti-bullying videos," said Katie Nation, director of Programs and Outreach for Energize Students. "These students have personally felt the effects of bullying and want to share their stories. I'm glad we can provide an outlet where they can be heard and inspire others."
Juan Sigala, of Virginia, drew second place, and North Carolina resident Annelise Thorn, received third place.
The top three winners received a total of $1,600 in prize winnings.
To learn more about Energize Students and how you can get involved, visit them online at EnergizeStudents.org.