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Local team becomes finalist in PSA contest

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A team of students from Fort Zumwalt West High has created a public service announcement. For the past three years, teams from Fort Zumwalt West High’s Advanced Speech class, taught by Sharon Duggan, have been the St. Louis regional winner in The Greatest Save Teen PSA Contest. Last year, the national winner was also from West High.

This year’s entry, created by Janae Taylor, Katie Pauk and Maddie Wieseman, focuses on how abuse knows no gender. Online voting is open until July 15.

The Teen PSA Program is a peer-to-peer crime prevention program of the KinderVision Foundation, a recognized charity of Major League Baseball. Regional winners are recognized by local baseball teams. The winning public service announcement is also broadcast during the Major League All-Star Game.

Duggan began participating in the program a few years ago to help students in the Advanced Speech class take messages beyond Fort Zumwalt. The PSAs are completed as the multi-media unit of the curriculum.

The Greatest Save Teen PSA Program was developed at the suggestion of law enforcement, which reports that the age group most at-risk from sexual predators is 14-17 and that one in four girls will be a victim of sexual abuse. The program reports one in seven youth will be sexually solicited online and that young women ages 16-24 are triple the national average for dating violence.

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