Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Teens Host Video Contest

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By B.J. Hamrick
Special to ASSIST News Service

Teens from across the United States are banding together to host a video competition for their peers.

“How do you text it?” is the theme for the contest, created by REAL TEEN FAITH ( staff writer Sarah Rupp.

“Admit it,” Rupp said in a press release. “You’re obsessed with texting. You can text anywhere – especially places you’re not supposed to – like through your book bag in algebra class when you think the teacher isn’t looking.”

This made Rupp wonder – why not turn crazy texting into a competition with a $30 I-Tune gift card prize? Her peers could videotape themselves texting while doing absurd things – excluding driving or other dangerous activities.

“Basically, don’t do anything stupid while texting,” Rupp said. “This includes but is not limited to driving any kind of motorized vehicle or jumping off a cliff. We want to be able to say no humans were harmed in the making of this video.”

About Rupp

Rupp was selected by author T. Suzanne Eller to be a teen staff member of REAL TEEN FAITH (, a Christian magazine for teens. Rupp’s contributions to the publication include monthly articles, poetry, and concept development.

Her excitement for the “How do you text it?” concept is obvious. “Surprise us,” Rupp said. “Doing awesome things we never thought of is what will help us determine our winner.”

The video deadline will be Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2009. The films will be judged by a teen panel, and a winner will be chosen based on originality of the movie. For more information and complete contest rules, visit

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