Many of our Programs at the Indiana County Technology Center embrace opportunities to apply skills to real-world projects. Entering contests is one way students do this. Most recently, the ICTC’s Digital Communications program celebrated a victory when senior Alissa Gornick took home a first place finish in the FBI Pittsburgh H.O.P.E. (Heroin Outreach Prevention and Education) Initiative video contest.
The contest, hosted by the Pittsburgh FBI Field Office and funded by the Pittsburgh Penguin Foundation, is one that aims to raise awareness of the opioid epidemic in our Region. This year, the awards were distributed in two categories – the “Veteran” Category, which is a competition amongst previous winners, and the “Rookie” Category, which includes all schools that haven’t won before. There were three awards in each category. The first place prize package includes a $5,000 donation to the program and ten VIP Party Suite Tickets to a Pittsburgh Penguins game. In addition, the first place student earns an experience as “FBI Agent for a Day” at the Pittsburgh Field Office.
This year, the FBI H.O.P.E. Video contest saw hundreds of entries from fourteen counties in Western Pennsyvlania, judged by 23 industry professionals. Alissa’s success will be celebrated and recognized on February 22, 2020 during the Pittsburgh Penguins game at which time the grants will be presented. All entries can be viewed on the FBI website at fbipghcaaa.org.
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