New Vision Youth video a finalist in state competition

Holly Viers • Apr 24, 2018 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — New Vision Youth is one of seven groups in the state to advance to the finals of an anti-drug video contest.

Now, the group needs your help to make it to the top.

Executive Director Johnnie Mae Swagerty is asking the community to vote for New Vision Youth’s video, which could be used in a statewide advertising campaign against drug use.

What: The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services partnered with NewsChannel 5 Network of Nashville to launch the statewide PSA video contest for teens.

The goal, according to the contest website, was to find impactful video messages that educate teens on the dangers of opioid abuse.

Seven videos were selected as finalists, and the top videos will be used in a statewide advertising campaign.

Who: The New Vision Youth video features students Howie Siddons, Jada Marcus, Kalieigh Siddons, Lyric Mcvicker, Maddie Litrell, Mea Crews, Yahia Turner and Kaniece McKinney of John Sevier Middle School.

Dimingo Hale, also of John Sevier Middle School, edited the video, which was produced in partnership with the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Youth Coalition.

How to vote: Voting will be open online until May 4 at www.newschannel5.com/contests/tntogether. All seven videos can be viewed at that link, and only one vote per day is allowed.