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McRoberts students win BCAA dry grad video contest

The 2014 Hugh McRoberts dry grad party figures to be extra special this year for lucky Grade 12 students.

Call it the power of $6,000, the end result of some hard work and planning, and a resulting victory in the British Columbia Automobile Association’s Dry Grad Video Challenge.

Late last year, Tyler Yip told The Richmond Review that he and many of his fellow Grade 12 students created a 90-second video they titled “It Was Just a Few”.

It placed in the top five across the province in the BCAA contest. The rest was left up to the voting public, which had until Dec. 4 to vote.

On Wednesday, Hugh McRoberts principal Jane McFadyen announced the great news.

McRoberts came in first place, followed by Whistler Secondary School and Abbotsford Christian School. The three schools shared $12,000 in prizes, with Whistler getting $4,000 and Abbotsford $2,000.

The video was directed by Arthur Belair, and starred Alex Khoshno, Cody Krajic, Ashley Parkes, Alyssa Wooster and Tyler Yip. Many other Grade 12 students made appearances.

“Our submission spread the message to never drink and drive,” McFadyen said, adding that all of the people who voted for McRoberts’ submission really helped.

The video, available at, features the voices of a psychologist and a teen discussing details about the teen’s impaired driving accident, while scenes from the horrible night flash on the screen as the teen reflects on the regretful choices he made.

“Sixteen to 25-year-olds account for the highest number of impaired drivers involved in crashes,” said Niela Melanio, communcation specialist with BCAA. “The goal of the contest is to get teens thinking and talking about the issue of impaired driving in a way that will change their driving behaviours for life and have them making responsible choices now, and for the rest of their adult years.”

It was the second straight year McRoberts students have won the dry grad video contest.


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