Montwood High School audio/visual production students created a winning video for the 2020 Census Make Your Voice Count High School Competition.
Ruby Reza, Vanesa Martinez and Kaylee Reyes earn third place in the contest by developing a short Instagram video that garnered them 101 points out of 120.
“It was a really fun experience and we learned a lot about time management and organization,” said Ruby Reza, a Montwood sophomore. “It was really just about having a good time.”
The students had half an hour to develop a social media message to promote the 2020 Census and were judged on creativity, audience reach and messaging.
The competition was open to all high school students within Region 19, in teams of three, and challenged them to promote the 2020 Census using a social media platform of choice.
The students presented their video to three judges.
Montwood High School audio/visual teacher Marvin Hanley encouraged his students to join the competition.
“I’m very proud of the students and what they were able to accomplish,” Hanley said. “They did a great job.”
Hanley said he hopes the experience showed the students how things they learn in class, such as problem solving, teamwork and writing, can be applied in the real world.
The 2020 Census will begin March 12, and this will be the first year residents can fill out the Census survey online and over the phone. For more information, visit 2020census.gov