Richardson Teens Win 2014 BBB Dallas Student Video Showcase

April 28, 2014

Winner of 2014 BBB Student Video ShowcaseDallas, TX, April 28, 2014 -- A team of high school students from Richardson High School has won the 2014 BBB Dallas Student Video Showcase. The short video, “Weather or Not,” was selected as the overall winner based on presentation of the theme “Start With Trust” and the number of views on the BBB Dallas YouTube channel. The contest is sponsored by Better Business Bureau® (BBB) Serving Dallas and Northeast Texas.

Videos were submitted by teams from the Communications Magnet at Richardson High School, Richardson, TX, and from the BTW Film Club at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX. Platypus Productions, a video production and online marketing firm in Redmond, WA, provided technical support and guidelines for video production and social media marketing.

In addition to the overall group winner, the winning videos from each school are “A Foundation of Trust” from Richardson High School and “Trust Me” from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. The overall winning team and the winning teams at each school receive prizes. All student participants receive a certificate of participation. Each school receives an equipment donation.

To see the videos, including the winners “Weather or Not,” “A Foundation of Trust,” and “Trust Me,” go to

“BBB is proud to present these creative and effective videos about trust made by talented students,” said Jeannette Kopko, spokesperson for BBB serving Dallas and Northeast Texas. “The students did an outstanding job in showing how trust is essential in our lives, including in the marketplace.”

“This competition has afforded our students a real-world look at the importance of creative content, branding and viewership in not only our market but nationally as well as globally,” said Brent Morton, Director of Magnet Communications, Richardson High School, Richardson, TX. “The critiques given by the creative professionals from Platypus were a fresh voice for my students to learn from that will surely help them to better their craft.”

“The BBB competition was a priceless opportunity for my students to build persuasive skills and the proper use of a brand in a professional job,” said Niloo Jalilvand, Film & Video Technology / Mathematics Instructor, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Dallas, TX. “The video critiques from Platypus Productions were like learning in the field. Everything the students learned in the classroom came to life.”

"It was a blast – we spent three entire days shooting and editing," said student Mackenzie McMahon of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual arts.

The winning video, “Weather or Not,” shows how starting with trust can help in getting through challenging times. Launched February 28, 2014, the video was viewed 2,420 times by the contest end on March 28, 2014.

The team for the overall group winner, “Weather or Not”, will receive 3 GoPro Hero03+ Silver Edition cameras, $600 cash, and a trophy. The winning teams from each school, “A Foundation of Trust” and “Trust Me,” will receive $600 cash per group and a plaque. Both high schools will receive equipment donations.

These are the students who produced “Start With Trust” videos and the number of views for each video by the close of the contest on March 28, 2014:

Richardson High School, Communications Magnet

Weather or Not, 2,420 – Olivia Posner, Rebekah Swann, Katie Moen, Miriam Lamoreaux
A Foundation of Trust, 1,602 views – Grayson Hill, Eric Strange, Paul Thorsen, Riley Testut
Start with Trust, 208 views – Zeke Fritts, Mikaylyn Barnett, Talia Miller
Arcade Trust, 182 views – Suzy LeBel, Meredith Herbst
Trust in Sports, 162 views – Matt McEnaney, Josh Simonsen
Trust is a Virtue,  147 views – Dani Villanueva, Brianna Edwards, Sarah Carsey
Trust Word Play, 110 views – Evan Curtis, Ryan Kboudi, Parker Rankin
Blocks of Trust, 83 views -- Katie Kennedy, Nicole Winship, Hope Evens, Grant Weidner

Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, BTW Film Club

Trust Cookie, 1,459 views – Perry Rowell, Carter Brown
Trust Me, 1,313 views – Cyrus Stowe, Ian Wallace, Collin Cummings, Sara Springfield, Alex Poscente, Adriana Hinojosa
Rewind, 1,163 views – Chase Anderson, Mackenzie McMahon, Nora Bracy, Dante Flores, Will Wright, Isabella Montagu
Scam Stopper Animation, 638 views – Emily Henderson, Bob Cummins, Bella Dekhtyar
A Gift You Can Trust, 352 views – Ella Hofmann 

BBB thanks all of the students who produced the videos and their teachers, Brent Morton at Richardson High School and Niloo Jalilvand, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

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