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'Help the Hinkson' restoration project announces competition winners

Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 8:49 p.m. CDT; updated 7:59 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 30, 2010

COLUMBIA — Boone County residents gathered at the Roger B. Wilson Government Center on Thursday to see the results of the "Help the Hinkson" restoration project’s public service announcement competition. Locals were invited to create videos about the stormwater and pollution issues occurring in different areas such as Hinkson Creek.

There were two categories: a 30-second public service announcement and a three-minute short film.

The first place winners won $500, and the second place winners won $250. The videos will air on television, at area movie theaters and on educational websites.

Bill Florea, Boone County senior planner, said the video contest was part of a grant proposal that came from the Clean Water Act.

“One of the elements they usually require for grant programs is educational health,” he said. “We wanted to bring the community in and help them help us educate the rest of the community about stormwater.”

All of the winning video contestants said they had not known much about the pollution of Hinkson Creek until doing the project and learned a lot from creating their short films.

  • Justin Gregory, 36, of Columbia won first place for the 30-second public service announcement. He said he got the idea after seeing pollution in several creeks. His girlfriend also helped put up decal signs by the creeks that said not to pollute. He heard about the contest through Columbia Access Television, and used some of their equipment to film.
  • Serge Abellard, 24, of Columbia won first place for the three-minute short film and second place for the 30-second public service announcement. He said he runs along trails and by the creeks a lot and didn’t realize it was so polluted. “It was awareness for me and my friends as well.”
  • Zachary Stelzer, 15, Kein Kelly, 14, Julian Segert, 15, Nick Rotts, 15, worked together to create their video that tied for second place in the three-minute short film. They found out about it at their school, Columbia Independent School, and wanted to participate.
  • Arianna Trimble, 16, Hallie Blanchard, 16, Lindsay Kottwitz, 15, Aly Schreiber, 15, Alec Jackson, 16, Michaela Clary, 16, also tied for second place for the three-minute short film. They said they focused on the idea of what a watershed is to inform the community about the problem.

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