Rockford students win stroke awareness video contest

Rockford High School students (L-R) Allison Reichenbach and Baylie Rajter won the top prize in the 2013 Value Health Partners Stroke Prevention Student Video Competition.

Rockford High School students (L-R) Allison Reichenbach and Baylie Rajter won the top prize in the 2013 Value Health Partners Stroke Prevention Student Video Competition.

Rockford High School students have won the top prize in the 2013 Value Health Partners Stroke Prevention Student Video Competition. The students submitted their video to Spectrum Health, a member of Value Health Partners (VHP), a Michigan multi-system organization.

The winning video was created by students Allison Reichenbach and Baylie Rajter, under the guidance of Rockford High School teacher Kristopher DeYoung. The Rockford High School media department will receive $1,500.

In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, student entrants were encouraged to submit a public service video that captured the “FAST” message to help the public easily recall stroke symptoms and know what to do.

• Face – Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

• Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

• Speech – Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

• Time – If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

The Rockford students’ video uses stop action and a whiteboard to share the message. It can be viewed on youtube.com.

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