Students Take on Serious Topics as Part of the Righting A Wrong Video Contest

April 15, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two West Virginia public school students are $1000 dollars richer after winning the Righting a Wrong video contest sponsored by The West Virginia State Bar and the West Virginia Department of Education. Jesse Cook from East Hardy High School in Hardy County and Zane Boles from Nuttall Middle School in Fayette County took home the top prizes.

The contest was open to West Virginia public school students in grades 6 through 12 and gave participants the chance to create a video about a wrong that they would right, an injustice they would correct. Videos were judged based on originality, creativity and adherence to the theme. First, second and third place winners were chosen on both the high school and middle school levels.

“I love to write and edit so I thought the video contest would be a fun project for my class,” Boles said. “I am going to share my winnings with my classmates.”

Boles produced, shot and edited a video about the elimination of the death tax. Cook focused on protests at military funerals.  The videos can be viewed by clicking on or visiting

"The idea of the video contest was to reach as many West Virginia students as possible to help them understand the importance of civic education and the justice system," said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “It is important in a democratic society to encourage students to express their ideas and interest in the law and the role it plays.”

On the high school level, Kevin Powell of John Marshall High School in Marshall County placed second and Danea Bass of Huntington High School in Cabell County won third place. On the middle school level, Darien Beall of Wheeling Middle School in Ohio County placed second and Anthony Chen of Mountaineer Middle School in Monongalia County won third place. The second place finishers won $500, while third place received $250.

For more information, please contact the WVDE Communications Office at (304) 558- 2699.

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