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06/06/2020 02:02 AM
Pennsylvania General Assembly

Talk To Your State Senator


Attention Students:

We don't have to tell you how much the world has changed in the last six weeks. The impact Covid-19 is having on each one of us is immeasurable. Like you and many of your parents, our judges and program managers are working from home. This reality has forced us to make changes to our competition timeline and we now anticipate announcing the decision of our judges during the month of June.

In the meantime, we thought you would want to know which videos were selected to compete at the statewide level. Below is the list of individuals who advanced to the next level of competition. Remember, one video will be selected in each of the following categories:

The contest will be judged in two categories:

Middle School, grades 6 - 8
1st place - $2500
2nd place - $1500
3rd place - $1000

High School, grades 9 - 12
1st place - $2500
2nd Place - $1500
3rd place - $1000

Individuals who have advanced to the next level of competition:
Middle School Level
Berwick Area Middle School - Molly Conrad, Kyla Riccobon, Braedyn Haraschak, Jack Kendron, and Hanna Zehner
Big Spring Middle School - Izabella Howell and Landon Detweiler
Eyer Middle School - Addison Kleinle
Freeport Area Middle School - Evan Ozimek, Anne Lindsay, Ashley Arner, Braden Behune, and Ava Slaughenhoupt
Penns Valley Area High School - Sarah Fultz, Joshua Evans, Carllee Simco, Makenzie Lamey, and Samantha Brown
Upper Merion Middle School - Ishitaa Saxena
West Forest Secondary - Izabelle Flick, Hailey Greenlee, Jessica Culver, John Wortman, Katie Salsgiver, and Tori Brown
High School Level
Berks County Career and Technology Center - Abigail Gardula and Autumn Moser
Biglerville High School - Aidan Kissner
Halifax High School - Ethan Snyder
Indiana County Technology Center - Emily Miller, Candra Bair, Mikayla Cramer, and Debra Flint
Palisades High School - Zach Wyllie
State College Area High School - Madigan King
Wellsboro High School - Nina Coolidge
West Forest Secondary - Brett Banks, Hunter Turba, Waylin Dashner, Sabastian Campbell, and Liam Dickson
Wilkes Barre Area Career and Technical Center - Jake Grabowski
Wyalusing Valley Junior/Senior High School - Dawcin Jones
York County School of Technology - Tayla Cain, Guadalupe Gonzalez, Matthew Paglio, Zach Robinson

Preserving Pennsylvania's Legacy
The Talk to Your State Senator Statewide Video Contest

The registration for the 3rd Annual Talk To Your State Senator Statewide Video Competition is now closed.
If you have questions regarding the contest, please call 717-772-0500.


The contest is open to Pennsylvania students in grades 6-12. The contest will be judged in two categories:

Middle School, grades 6 - 8
1st place - $2500, 2nd Place $1500 and 3rd place $1000

High School, grades 9 - 12
1st place - $2500, 2nd Place $1500 and 3rd place $1000

Contest Rules:

Our goal is to increase the attention on the importance of agriculture to our commonwealth. Therefore, your original VIDEO entry must address the issue of how to preserve our agricultural legacy.

  • Students may submit one video entry no longer than 3 minutes. You decide the time you need to get your point across.
  • You may work alone or in groups of no more than five students. If working in a group, students must identify one primary contact as the team leader, however all participating students must be identified by first and last name, on the official registration form.
  • Student entries must be submitted along with a release signed by their parents or legal guardian.
    Parental Consent Form.pdf
  • If you are working with an adult advisor through a class or club, the adult advisor name and contact information must be identified on the entry registration. If the student(s) are working independently of a class or club, a parent's name and contact information must be provided.
  • Entries must be submitted using the registration form available on line at www.legis.state.pa.us/talk-to-your-state-senator/.
    Deadline for entry is January 31, 2020.
  • All dialogue, video clips, production and editing must be original and may only contain copyrighted content if appropriately cited.
  • Entrants must credit all sources used to create the video documentary in the end credits of the video or in a separately submitted citation list.
  • All students must be enrolled in either a public, private or home school program within Pennsylvania.
  • All entries become the property of the Pennsylvania Senate. Entrants agree that submitting their video permits the Pennsylvania Senate to use, without any compensation, their names, likenesses and entries for promotional purposes. By submitting an entry, entrants represent that their entries constitute original works of creativity that do not violate the property rights of any other person or organization, and grant the Pennsylvania Senate the right to exhibit, distribute, televise and otherwise use the entries in various media.

Contest Awards:

Rutter's is providing $10,000 in prize money. Money will be awarded through the TAP 529 Account program in the PA Department of Treasury and will be deposited into an account in the winner(s) name.

Prizes will be awarded in each age category in the following manner:

  • One Semi-finalist will be recognized from each participating state senatorial district for each of the Middle School and High School categories. Home addresses will be utilized to determine a senatorial district. Semi-finalist videos may be posted on the senator's website for public access. Address lookup for senatorial districts is available at: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/#address
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the fact that there are 50 state senate districts, the number of semi-finalists may reach 50 in each of the categories.
  • Winning videos may be posted on the Senate website and Facebook page.
  • Winning videos may be made available to local news outlets.
  • Finalists may be invited to the Senate chamber for recognition on the floor.
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners will be selected from each of the two (middle and high school) semi-finalist categories.
  • If any or all of the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Place winning videos are submitted by a group, the students whose names appear on the official entry form shall receive an equal share of the total prize money for that category deposited into a TAP 529 Account in their name.

Judging Criteria:

  •   Creativity
  •   Content
  •   Effectiveness of message delivery
  •   Did you follow directions?

Entries will be judged by an independent panel of judges, and will not include any Pennsylvania Senators. Immediate relatives of Senators and their staff are ineligible to participate. Judges will be announced closer to the competition deadline.

The registration for the 3rd Annual Talk To Your State Senator Statewide Video Competition is now closed.
If you have questions regarding the contest, please call 717-772-0500.