2017 SafeLaunch Media $500 Video Contest Winners!

On April 18, 2017, nine Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) secondary student finalists and their teams were recognized for their successful interpretation of the contest theme, How I Cope — What I Do When Life Gives Me Lemons, to the delight of their families, teachers and friends in the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board Room.

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The $500 1st Place Award went to Santiago Bailey Musacchio from Santa Barbara Junior High for “The Theater”, the $250 2nd Place Award went to Max Koenen from Santa Barbara High School for “How I Cope”, with the $100 3rd Place Award going to Larissa Mehlig from Goleta Valley Junior High for “Two Roads”. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Cynthia Lopez from Goleta Valley Junior High for “The Pill Bottle” and Gilbert Regalado from Santa Barbara High for “Drugs Are Bad”. Julia Barbieri Low, Ryan Ino, and Kenny Motolinio from La Cumbre Junior High School, and Karina Trejo from La Cumbre Junior High received Leadership Awards. The finalists’ films are available for viewing on the SafeLaunch YouTube channel.

After the film screening and before the winners were announced, motivational mindfulness coach Dave Mochel from Applied Attention reminded attendees that the behaviors we practice are the ones we’ll improve. Practicing mindfulness and gratitude are healthy, anxiety-reducing coping strategies available to everyone.

Teachers Rich Lashua from Santa Barbara Junior High and Bill Gourley from Goleta Valley Junior High and parent attendees received raffle prizes donated by event sponsors Paradise Cafe, Beachside Bar Cafe, Deckers Brands and DCH Lexus Santa Barbara.

A special appreciation goes to SBUSD Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Frann Wageneck for her commitment to all students, and her support of the district-wide parent education events presented in partnership with SafeLaunch during the 2016-17 school year.

The SafeLaunch mission is to reduce adolescent exposure to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs because during development, the brain is up to 600% more susceptible to the disease of addition. To help spread the word and change the world, take the SafeLaunch Parent Pledge!