South Middle School Students Win Big in Earth Day PSA Contest

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Lynbrook South Middle School eighth graders in Matthew Schneck’s earth science classes participated in PSEG Long Island’s Earth Day video public service announcement contest where three groups were selected as semifinalists and one moved forward as one of the top 10 winners. The I Am EM-Powered Program and Student Challenge was open to Long Island students in grades 4-8 in honor of Earth Day and resulted in 207 PSA video submissions which were reviewed by judges.

Students were challenged to produce a PSA video on energy efficient topics. Lynbrook’s winning group of two, Zia Baluyot and Val Tuosto, submitted their PSA video “Cleaner Energy is Your Superpower.” Their creative video was showcased during a live PSEG Long Island virtual announcement ceremony, along with the other top 10 winning videos from across Long Island. Lynbrook South semifinalist groups included Kate Santoli and Kayla Finnegan and Aidan Clancy, Sam Moscheni, Eric Reilly and Ryan Stanton. The two videos were among a select 15 to earn the semifinalist title out of the initial 207 submissions.

I Am EM-Powered Program aligned with science, social studies and social and emotional learning standards and featured two science lessons, an optional social studies lesson and a PSA production guide for participating students to follow. The contest encouraged the middle school students to further develop their creativity and explore problems and solutions related to keeping our planet safe. The Lynbrook Public Schools congratulates the winning team, along with the semifinalist groups for their outstanding work!