Monday, June 15, 2009


HHS sophomore Holly Bernal won a national award from DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) for the public service announcement video she made about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. Hanover High was cited by the Los-Angeles-based organization along with another high school and two middle schools out of 93 schools that submitted their public service videos.

DARE's citation to the four winners read: "Your talented efforts were appreciated and impressed D.A.R.E. America and our judges. Your interpretations of the prescription and over-the-counter abuse problem were unique and stood above all of the others. From the on-site filming to the editing, design and copying, your professionalism and creativity were superior in their quality and evident talent.

"Plans are underway for the videos to be made available to schools nationwide. We plan to run the different winners on and produce them for use in schools, doctors’ offices and pharmacies. Your good work has enabled D.A.R.E. America to reinforce the important message of preventing abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medicines."

Holly writes: "I wanted to demonstrate how to make Public Service Announcements for the children's video camp that I will be working at this summer. I ended up getting the job at the camp because of the March Intensive I did at HHS last year, which was Broadcast News." March Intensive is a four-day series of classes outside the regular curriculum which all HHS students take.

Click here to see the award-winning video, starring Holly.