By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Tupelo High School junior Gulshan Prince knew exactly what he would do with a $1,000 check that he won Friday.
Gulshan, an exchange student from Dhaka, Bangladesh, received the check for placing first in Healthy Tupelo Student Media Contest. The top three finishers were honored Friday at Tupelo High School.
The contest, sponsored by Tupelo’s Mayor’s Healthy Task Force, was open to students of any age who live or attend school in Tupelo. Contestants had to create a public service announcement video promoting healthy living and upload it to the Internet. Voting was done online.
Gulshan said that he would first use his winnings to buy dinner for the six “cast and crew” members who helped him produce his video.
The rest of the money would be sent to his mother in Bangladesh.
“She doesn’t want it, but I will send it anyway,” said Gulshan, who has been in Tupelo for about eight months but will return home in June.
Gulshan’s video contrasted the choices made by “Unhealthy Bob” and “Active Joe,” who by the end of the video appears to be having a much more enjoyable life.
“I’ve had a passion for making short films for a long time,” said Gulshan, who made the video for Brookes Mayes’ Apple Tech class, which teaches Tupelo High students how to edit videos.
Another of Mayes’ students, Tupelo High senior Halie Raymer, placed second. Raymer received a $500 prize, which she will use for college at Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky., where she will study nutrition.
Halie’s video showed people exercising and eating vegetables. It encouraged viewers to “Get out, have fun, eat right, try something new and be healthy.”
“It was a tight competition,” she said. “I had to call everyone I know to vote for me and help me to stay in it.”
Tupelo Middle School eighth-graders Eliza Barrow and Isabella Hester placed third for their video, which also contrasted healthy and unhealthy choices. “What lifestyle would you rather have?” the video asked.
The two girls will split a $250 prize.
“We learned the importance of eating healthy, and it can have an affect on your life,” Eliza said.
Nine students entered the contest, said Tupelo Senior Planner Renee Ray.
Ray said the competition was a good way to get our information about healthy choices.
“High school students will link their videos on Facebook and share them with friends,” she said. “When you share it with friends, the message is more effective.”
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