Cypress Lakes HS AVP students win FBI Houston video contest

March 6, 2020

Cypress Lakes High School AVP students were recognized at FBI Houston on Feb. 28 for winning the #ThinkBeforeYouPost PSA contest. Pictured, from left, are Leslie Francis, assistant superintendent of communication and community relations; Vanessa Koch, production curriculum coordinator; Theodore Eden, Jr., Cypress Lakes campus police officer; Andrew Flaherty, Cypress Lakes student; Alexander Ramirez, Cypress Lakes student; Damion Jackson, Cypress Lakes student; Adriel Ortiz, Cypress Lakes AVP teacher; Sarah Harty, Cypress Lakes principal; Victor Vargas, Cypress Lakes student; and Travis Fanning, assistant superintendent of secondary school leadership. Cypress Lakes High School AVP students were recognized at FBI Houston on Feb. 28 for winning the #ThinkBeforeYouPost PSA contest. Pictured, from left, are Leslie Francis, assistant superintendent of communication and community relations; Vanessa Koch, production curriculum coordinator; Theodore Eden, Jr., Cypress Lakes campus police officer; Andrew Flaherty, Cypress Lakes student; Alexander Ramirez, Cypress Lakes student; Damion Jackson, Cypress Lakes student; Adriel Ortiz, Cypress Lakes AVP teacher; Sarah Harty, Cypress Lakes principal; Victor Vargas, Cypress Lakes student; and Travis Fanning, assistant superintendent of secondary school leadership.

March 6, 2020—Cypress Lakes High School audio visual production (AVP) students won first place in the #ThinkBeforeYouPost PSA contest, hosted by the FBI Houston, Crime Stoppers of Houston and the FBI Houston Citizens Academy Alumni Association (CAAA).

AVP students in the greater-Houston area were asked to create a 45- to 60-second PSA educating the public about the seriousness of making hoax school threats. Entries were scored by a panel of FBI Houston, Crime Stoppers of Houston and FBI Houston CAAA members using the following criteria:

·Effectiveness and Relevance (30 percent);

·Content (30 percent);

·Social Media Score (20 percent); and

·Creativity (20 percent).

The social media score was calculated based on the number of YouTube likes and shares during the social media voting period, Jan. 6-31.

First place prizes include a $5,000 check, a Houston Astros baseball cap for each team member, four tickets to attend an Astros 2020 game for each team member, recognition in an Astros pre-game ceremony, a television and/or radio appearance on a local station, ride in a 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Grand Entry Parade and a 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Silver Guest Badge for each team member.

Cypress Lakes AVP students and CFISD representatives were recognized at FBI Houston on Feb. 28.

“We are very excited to have won the #ThinkBeforeYouPost PSA contest,” said Adriel Ortiz, Cypress Lakes AVP teacher. “My students went through several ideas but chose the idea that best conveyed the PSA’s message on what to do if you are confronted with a threat rather than showing how the threat happened. My students and I are happy to be in a district that truly believes in the mindset of Opportunity for All.”

Visit Houston FBI’s school PSA website for more information and to view Cypress Lakes’ PSA.

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