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RBR Interactive Media Students take Second Prize in County-wide Freeholder PSA Video Contest on Voting

RBR Interactive Media Students take Second Prize in County-wide Freeholder PSA Video Contest on Voting

 

RBR Interactive Media Majors Maggie Watson and Natalie Finn   “The turnout for the last election was really important and we needed to step up because we are the new generation to say what we want in our society,” states Natalie Finn.

 That thought inspired her and her production partner Maggie Watson to create a fun, catchy PSA on voting to attract other young people to vote.  Their efforts, stylized on a parody of the Y.M.C.A. song entitled V.O.T.E., captured the second place award in the Monmouth County Freeholder Voting PSA competition. Both Maggie and Natalie were formally commended for their efforts at the January 24 Freeholders’ meeting. 

Their video features their fellow interactive media classmates playfully singing and dancing to the Y.M.C.A. stylized video with creative new lyrics written by the two PSA producers.

“We kept it light and fun to attract young people and didn’t take any political point of view. Our friends told us they really liked it,” Maggie Watson explains.

. The PSA was utilized by the freeholders on their Facebook and website to attract young people participation in the November 2018 general election.  RBR also utilized the video on their YouTube channel and social media sites to encourage students to vote. 

            “Since the video was timeless,” the students’ Interactive Media teacher Carl Grillo explains, “We can always run it for voting in the future.  He adds, “I am very impressed with my students and can’t wait to see what they will do next year.”

            As the two girls are only 16 years old, they could not vote in the past election, but they look forward to exercising that right in years to come.

            As Natalie states, “Most of us will be able to take part in the next election and there are so many of us that our vote will really matter.”