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Hillsdale Students Awarded at Film Competition

Hillsdale High School Video Students Bring Home Awards in PSA Competition

Several Hillsdale High School students were selected as winners in the statewide Directing Change Mental Health Film Competition in April. Students were asked to create a PSA that addresses mental health awareness or suicide prevention. More than 1,000 films were submitted and winners were divided into different counties in California.

Hillsdale students Emily French, Sydney Lee, Morgan Robinson, and Carmen Vallin won first place in the Mental Health Matters category with their PSA “Break the Stigma,” earning a $500 cash prize for the group and a grant for Hillsdale. This PSA will move on to Statewide judging, and winners are announced at a film screening in Los Angeles in May. 

Hillsdale students Drew Follansbee, Jared Estevez, Shayan Enayati, and Erick Claveria won 3rd place in the 'Suicide Prevention' category with their PSA, “We Care.


The following Hillsdale students were given Honorable Mentions for their PSAs:


Bring Mental Health Into the Light
Filmmakers: Shawn Dai, Zach Sugerman, Nathan Mata and Jason Odell


You Are Not Alone”
Filmmakers: Bailey Fong and Maggie Beers


“Call Them”
Filmmakers: Nina Maravic, Beatrice Hackman, Zoe Greenspan, and Eva Montgomery


“See the Signs”
Filmmakers: Noah Gross, Eric Berryman, and Alek Koss


A Person Like Me
Filmmakers: Andrew Taylor, Arthur Graf, Ryan Binello Allegretti, and Kaushik Prasad


Learn more about Directing Change, an initiative of Each Mind Matters, a California Mental Health Movement.