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Ripley High School's emotional video on drunken driving wins statewide contest

Ripley High School students earn first place in a statewide contest for their emotional video that warns about the dangers of drunken driving.(Photo: James_Valma / Pixabay https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/ Photo: Brett Hondow / Pixabay https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/)

A somber video that depicts a mother receiving bad news about her son in a drunken driving incident has earned Ripley High School first place in a statewide contest that warns about the dangers of drunken driving.

“Don’t do anything stupid and please be home by 12 o’clock,” the mother depicted in Ripley High School’s video tells her son before he goes out with his friends.

Moments later, he is in a car with his buddies and they head off in a vehicle full of beer. The worried mother is then shown on the phone checking on her son when he has not returned home. It also shows the mother’s grief-stricken reaction when a law enforcement officer comes to the door to deliver the bad news.

Here is Ripley’s first place video:

The first place award Ripley High School students won for the video was presented Tuesday at a ceremony at the school attended by hundreds of students and guests. Ripley submitted the video to the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration in its fourth annual No School Spirits PSA contest, according to a news release from the agency. The school was awarded the grand prize of $5,000.

Twenty-two high schools across the state entered the contest, and a record 240 students participated.

Below is Lewis County High School’s second-place video:

Below is Oak Glen High School’s third-place video:

The No School Spirits PSA contest is funded with grants from State Farm, the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association and the Governors Highway Safety Program.

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