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Local Students and Non-Profit Among 2009 YouTube Video Contest Winners

Twenty-two aspiring filmmakers, actors and actresses from Miss Grassi's 3rd Grade class at Roberts Elementary School in Wayne, PA were on hand for the December 1st Board of Directors Meeting of the Montgomery Bar to accept their $1,000 Grand Prize from the 2009 'Ought to be a Law YouTube Contest. The class has decided that half of their prize money will be donated to Project H.O.M.E., a charity they selected, according to their teacher. Two Norristown Area H.S students also took home Grand Prize honors in the Under 18 category for a video aimed at the dangers of texting while driving. The contest has fast become an annual favorite of the MBA's Community Outreach Committee and amateur filmmakers of all ages. 

In addition to the announcement of Grand Prize and Runner-Up winners, MBA President Mark Kearney delivered a special announcement on behalf of Heidi Markow whose simple, yet compelling video about domestic abuse earned her this year's People's Choice honors. In a letter written by Markow and read before 60+ attendees, Kearney announced her prize money will help her organization, The Beginning Over Foundation, launch its "Kimberlee's Childrens Fund" -- a fund established in honor of Kimberlee Carl Godshall who lost her life at the hands of domestic abuse in 2002. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's 'Ought to be a Law YouTube Video Contest. Congratulations to the following winners:

UNDER 18 PRIZE WINNERS

GRAND PRIZE WINNER ($1000)

Melissa King and Sara Pitkin
Norristown Area High School
YouTube User Name: melissaxoanne
Video: Texting and Driving
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQzuPA9w_Ak

RUNNER-UP ($100 Cash Prize)

Justin Oliverio, Michael Kane, Nick Kirby,
Austin Timiniski and Chris Beausoleil
Colonial School District/CITV

YouTube User Name: xb123yo
Video: Sports Heckling
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO0ek2oPJlE
18 and OVER PRIZE WINNERS

GRAND PRIZE WINNER ($1000)

Miss Eden Grassi and her 3rd Grade Class
Roberts Elementary School
YouTube User Name: MsGrassi107
Video:  It Ought to be a Law by Miss Grassi’s 3rd Grade Class
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh6IyfezplQ

RUNNER-UP ($100 Cash Prize)

Tyler Pettit
Montgomery County Community College
YouTube Name: tylerpettit
Video:  DUI Video
Video Link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_siMI8nkJ_c

PEOPLE'S CHOICE PRIZE WINNER

PEOPLE'S CHOICE ($100 Cash Prize)

Heidi Markow
Beginning Over Foundation
YouTube User Name: formysisterrobin
Video: Domestic Abuse Video
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIEMQx7VtFs


Click here to view the 2008 "WHY VOTE" YouTube Video Contest Winners