GGUSD Announces Winners of Choose Wellness Video Competition

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Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) students from the district’s eight high schools participated in a Choose Wellness campaign video contest, competing for cash prizes. Students created videos illustrating the need to make mental health and wellness a priority and to end the stigma associated with getting help during a mental health crisis.

GGUSD received 20 video submissions from a variety of high school clubs and the district’s Choose Wellness committee selected one from each high school to be featured on the district’s website and YouTube channel in March and April. Winners were determined by number of likes on YouTube. GGUSD is pleased to announce the winners and accompanying cash prizes, including the video from Los Amigos ASB (Associated Student Body) in first place with 618 YouTube Likes winning $2,000; the Bolsa Grande Women’s League video in second place with 537 YouTube Likes winning $1,000; and the video from Santiago’s Video Production Club in third place with 274 YouTube Likes winning $500.

Fourth through eighth place videos earned $150 for their club and include Pacifica NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Club’s video in fourth place, La Quinta NAMI Club’s video in fifth place, Garden Grove High School Animal Lovers Club video in sixth place, Rancho Alamitos NAMI Club video in seventh place and Hare Video Production Club video in eighth place. Additional clubs that submitted video entries will receive $100 for honorable mention, and include Bolsa Grande Friday Night Live, Bolsa Grande ASB, Bolsa Grande Men’s League, Garden Grove Make A Wish Club

“This was a great opportunity for our students to get involved in the Choose Wellness campaign,” said GGUSD Board of Education President Walter Muneton. “The student voice is certainly the most powerful when it comes to encouraging their peers to seek help during times of need and to know they are not alone in dealing with life’s challenges.”

The contest, was open to all GGUSD high school clubs or programs, and aimed to engage the student voice and perspective about the importance of mental health and wellness. The grant for the contest was funded by BPSOS Center for Community Advancement, a Vietnamese-American community organization with a long track record of community service.

This video contest was one of many of GGUSD’s Choose Wellness initiatives. The campaign was launched in September after the Board of Education passed Resolution No. 11 reaffirming its commitment to mental health and wellness.