Mars students recognized in West View video contest

December 19, 2018 Cranberry Living

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Mars High School seniors Paul Rude, Talia Bartley, Melissa Heintzinger and Ryan Kaniuff took second place and junior Amanda Scurci took first place in the inaugural West View Water Authority High School Video Contest.

ADAMS TWP — Several Mars High School students were selected as winners of the inaugural West View Water Authority High School Video Contest.

Junior Amanda Scurci earned first place and a $500 award for her untitled video, which discussed the overuse of plastic water bottles and the importance of recycling.

The team of seniors Talia Bartley, Melissa Heintzinger, Ryan Kaniuff and Paul Rude took second place and a $250 prize for its video, “The Art of Water.” The video highlighted the Mars Water Protection Program, through which Mars High School science teachers and students offer an annual Stream Study Field Trip for Mars Centennial School fifth-graders to teach them about the importance of maintaining a healthy watershed.

The video contest challenged high school students to create videos educating and informing the public on different topics related to the environment, school spirit or community service. All winning videos all featured on the authority’s website,

For more information, contact Jake Petras, broadcast media teacher, at 724-625-1581 or visit

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