Idaho Public Television has announced that Halle Lowman, a 16-year-old student from Boise Senior High School, and Eli Richey, a 14-year-old student from Fairmont Junior High School, are the grand prize winners of the 2023 KNOW VAPE video contest.
The contest, which received 28 entries, required participants to create a 90-second video that highlighted the dangers of vaping, prevention tips, or how to quit vaping.
Idaho Public Television’s education manager and one of the KNOW VAPE contest judges, Kari Wardle, commented, “We had a very difficult time choosing which teens would win the top prizes because there were so many great videos. The videos were moving, sometimes funny and very creative. Idaho teens really rose to the challenge.”
The contest offered a total of $10,000 in cash prizes and awarded students from across Idaho.
Lowman’s winning video showcased an original musical composition and portrayed the negative effects of vaping on a teenage girl. Meanwhile, Richey’s rap performance warned about the dangerous contents of vapes and provided solutions for quitting vaping.
In addition to the two grand-prize winners, seven first-place winners received $500, four second-place winners received $250, and ten third-place winners received $150 each.
All winning videos will be showcased on IdahoPTV and across social media channels.
The KNOW VAPE campaign is an initiative aimed at addressing the dangers of youth vaping in Idaho and includes a documentary called Nic Sick that features Idaho teens and their struggles with vape addiction. Other campaign components include the teen video contest and social media campaign, free resources for parents, and a curriculum for educators. Idaho Public Television collaborated with Idaho’s seven public health districts on the project with funding from the Idaho Millennium Fund, an endowment created from a master settlement agreement between tobacco companies and various states in 1998.