Tri County students present award-winning severe weather preparedness video Friday

Tri County students present award-winning severe weather preparedness video Friday
Tri County junior high science teacher Ashton Wollenburg (left) pictured with her seventh-grade science class. From left to right: Aubrey Sluka, Payton Smidt, Caitlin Franzen and Evelyn Baker.

DE WITT, NE – A seventh grade science class at Tri County Public Schools recently won the short video award in the 2018 Nebraska Severe Weather/Preparedness PSA Contest.

Jefferson and Saline County Emergency Manager John McKee announced the news this week via email.

“Once you see their video, you’ll see why they won,” McKee said.

The class of four students, which is taught by Ashton Wollenburg, did a short video on hailstorm safety this fall. They submitted their entry in December, and presented it to an audience at the school auditorium Friday morning.

“It’s just really exciting,” Wollenburg said of the award. “We spent a whole week in class doing it, so when we get an award for doing it, it’s pretty neat. It really is an honor to be honored by the state for this.”

The purpose of the PSA contest, according to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, was to receive a variety of multimedia products from 6th-8th grade students that promote preparedness, storm readiness, tornado safety, fire safety or other emergency topics.

The PSA contest was open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade media classes in public and private schools and combined home-school students.

The short video reward was worth $500. Wollenburg’s students will likely put that toward some new equipment, or possibly a pet for the classroom.

“We want to get a hamster,” seventh-grader Payton Smidt said, “but, we’re not sure how that’s going to work.”

Watch Tri County’s full video submission below.

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