Governor Sandoval and Attorney General Masto Announce Student Video Contest Winners

November 19, 2014

Carson City, NV – Three Nevada high school students whose videos were selected out of nearly 200 entries were announced by Governor Brian Sandoval and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto as winners of the Nevada Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Video contest.

“Peer to peer education is critical to combatting prescription drug abuse. I commend all of the students who participated in this contest and encourage them to continue this important conversation,” said Sandoval. “Thank you to the sponsors and judges who helped make this event possible and for your commitment to building safe and livable communities throughout Nevada.”

“We received many creative entries from across Nevada,” said Masto. “I am proud to showcase our students’ talent and appreciate their efforts to illustrate the dangers of prescription drug abuse amongst teens. A special thanks goes to the sponsors, cosponsors, and judges.  This contest continues our efforts to bring awareness about the problem of prescription drug abuse in Nevada.”

The contest asked students enrolled in grades 6 through 12 in Nevada to create short original public service announcement videos on the topic of prescription drug abuse. The categories are 30 second YouTube, 15 second Instagram, or 6.5 seconds VINE.

  • The winning YouTube video was submitted by Nikki Hamada of Reno High School in Reno. To watch the video, click here.
  • The winning Instagram video was submitted by Zachary Trone of Boulder City High School in Boulder City. To watch the video, click here.
  • The winning Vine video was submitted by Matthew Loudenclos of Washoe Innovations School in Reno. To watch the video, click here.

The winning videos were selected by an independent panel of judges from 186 entries submitted by students from the following counties: Carson City, Clark, Churchill, Douglas, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, and Washoe. The winning entries in each category will receive $1,000; while second-place wins $750, and third-place will earn $500, donated by Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, the Nevada Statewide Coalition Partnership and the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy. The winning PSAs are posted on the Attorney General's website at The three students who won first-place in each category will be recognized at a celebration in the Nevada Room at the Governor’s Mansion with all expenses paid for them and their parents to attend.

Contest partners include the Nevada Statewide Coalition Partnership, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Nevada Board of Pharmacy and Solutions Recovery, Inc. 

“The biggest problem facing our children is drug addiction, particularly the prescription pill epidemic,” said David Marlon, President of Solutions Recovery Inc. “This program championed by the Attorney General was a great step in educating our youth in a real way about the gravity of this problem. I applaud all participants in this effort who clearly have become a part of Nevada’s comeback.”

“Too often, users find out about the dangers of prescription drugs abuse too late,” said Linda Lang, Director of Nevada Statewide Coalition Partnership. “That’s why I am so pleased that so many of Nevada’s youth got involved to address the issue. “I want to thank our community-based coalitions for their work to judge the videos in the first round and for their commitment to our community.”

The videos were judged on sound, aesthetics, originality and overall messaging. The statewide judging panel consisted of Sandoval; Masto; Dale Erquiaga, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Nevada Department of Education; Stacy Woodbury, Executive Director, Nevada State Medical Association; and Marie Mortera, Anchor, KSNV TV NBC 3.

To learn more about the contest and to see all the entries visit