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San Ramon Valley students win film contest

21 local youths premiered their traffic safety videos at recent event

Two students from Gale Ranch Middle School in San Ramon won first place, and a trio from San Ramon's Windemere Ranch Middle School came in second place at the ninth annual Street Smarts "Be Reel!" video contest premiere and awards ceremony on May 15.

Street Smarts received 56 video submissions, and 10 were chosen to be finalists at the premiere and awards ceremony, according to Street Smarts program coordinator Cathy DeLuca.

The contest had students work in teams of up to four to create a 60-second public service announcement video about a traffic safety theme. The fall theme was "Teach Your Parents to Be Street Smart," and the spring theme was "Sidewalk and Crosswalk Safety."

The first-place video was created by Sanil Baweja and Neeraj Sathe of Gale Ranch. The film, "A Distracted Dad's Driving," shows how dangerous it is when parents are distracted while driving their children to school. The PSA incorporates humor such as the dad talking on the phone and even brushing his teeth while driving. Baweja and Sathe were each awarded a $100 Visa gift card.

The second-place video was created by Carter Phan, Ayush Kumar, and Keshav Raghu of Windemere Ranch. The film, "Street Smartz: Crossing the Street," was accompanied by a rap song to show the dangers of crossing the street while distracted. Phan, Kumar and Raghu were each awarded a $50 Visa gift card.

Both films will be aired on Contra Costa Television (CCTV) on May 30 at 7 p.m. and on May 31 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

In addition, the first-place video will be shown on CCTV throughout the year as a public service announcement.

Links to all the finalist videos can be found on the Street Smarts website.

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