Finalists named in dating violence video contest

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Five teams of students have been selected as finalists in a contest to produce a one-minute video to help prevent teen dating violence.

The Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council is offering up to $2,000 in prize money to the top winners.

The five finalists are:

"Wake Up," by Alexandra Wong, Eleanor Pershing, Chloe Welmont and Christopher Broussard

"Teen Dating Violence," by Christian Nguyen Dihn, Blake Konetsky and Alec Suissa

"This is Not Love," by Aliyah Silver and Isaiah Willis

"Teenage Domestic Violence," by Meagan Barrett, Elaine Bell and Melody Chan

"Speak up," by Jamilah Silver, Kristina Falcon, Andrea Ramirez, Keegan Black, Ryan Gallagher, Katherine Carrera and Kristin Stilzlein.

The students were challenged to create videos on the topic of teen dating violence.

According to the national non-profit, Break the Cycle, 1 in 3 teens and young adults will experience some form of dating abuse.

"Love should not hurt," said Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy.

Forty entries were submitted. The top winners will be revealed at the 4th Annual Choose Respect Montgomery Conference to be held March 3 at the Montgomery College Germantown Campus.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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