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Students invited to enter video contest

Posted 12/6/2011

Competition seeks films that explore importance of the Carson River watershed

Students from schools located within the Carson River watershed are invited to enter this year’s Carson River Video Contest, a competition designed to spark creative messages about preserving, protecting and restoring the river and its sensitive shoreline.

Winners of the Carson River Video Contest competition will receive $250 cash prizes and have their work shown at a film festival held in January 2012.

The 1- to 3-minute information videos must focus on how the Carson River benefits people and the community. All entries should include an "action" message that prompts people to take steps to help protect the river.

The contest is open to middle school and high school students from schools within the river’s watershed. Home-schooled students can also enter. Eligible students can enter as individuals, teams of 2 to 4 students, or as a class. The contest is sponsored by the Carson River Coalition Education Working Group.

"We’re looking for short video projects that creatively explain why the Carson River’s riparian area is important and what people can do to help it," said coalition member and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension water quality specialist Sue Donaldson.

Donaldson explained that riparian areas are sensitive ecosystems occurring along water courses or in water bodies. They have unique soil and plants, and work to store water in a way that helps reduce floods, stabilize streambanks from erosion, filter water for higher quality, provide habitat for birds, mammals and fish, and provide a place for recreation.

One winner will be chosen from each of the following categories:

  • Middle school
  • High school

In addition to being featured at the film festival, winning entries will be showcased online at, and Winning presentations will be announced in a press release to local media and will be featured at the Whit Hall Interpretive Center at The Nature Conservancy’s River Fork Ranch.

Donaldson said entries will be posted Facebook,, and special recognition will be given to those projects that receive the most views on Facebook.

Entries will be judged on creativity, clarity, quality of execution and compliance with contest rules. The deadline for all entries is Dec. 9. Other contest rules and directions for uploading your entry are available at

Additional information:

Eligible Schools

  • Home Schools (grades 7 — 12)
  • Capital Christian School
  • Carson Middle School
  • Carson Valley Middle School
  • Churchill County Junior High School
  • Dayton Intermediate School
  • Diamond Valley Elementary School
  • Eagle Valley Middle School
  • Pau‐Wa‐Lu Middle School
  • Silver Stage Middle School
  • St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School
  • Virginia City Middle School
  • Carson High School
  • Churchill County High School
  • Dayton High School
  • Douglas County High School
  • Lahontan Valley Alternative High School
  • Pioneer High School
  • Sierra Lutheran High School
  • Silver Stage High School
  • Silver State Charter School
  • Virginia City High School

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