"Be Tick Free!" Media Contest is open from October 16 - March 11, 2019 to Schools and Community Groups
in Dutchess County with Middle and High School students. There is no entry fee required to participate. Entries may be submitted by an individual
or as a group. Videos, which may be computer-animated or live-action, should be designed as a public service announcement for the purpose of educating
the community about tick-borne disease prevention strategies. Entries will be judged on:
A winner from each division (Middle and High School) will be announced in April 2019.
Contest Requirements - Entries must be:
By submitting the YouTube URL for a student's video entry to this contest, the student and their parent/guardian give their permission for the video to be displayed, reproduced, and promoted as part of the “Be Tick Free!” campaign, as well as used by the Dutchess County Tick Task Force and Department of Behavioral & Community Health for educational purposes.
All entries become the property of the “Be Tick Free!” Campaign.
Media Contest Entrants must complete the Online Submission Form on or before 11:59pm March 11, 2019.
A winner from each division (Middle and High School) will be announced in April 2019. Winners will be contacted directly prior to any public announcements.
Prizes and awards will be presented at the May 2019 Dutchess County Legislative Meeting.
To learn how to prevent tick-borne disease and guide you in your contest entry, we recommend the following online resources:
"Be Tick Free!" Poster & Video Contest Winners (2010-2018)
2018 Be Tick Free Media Contest Winners
"Be Tick Free" by Kevin Desnoyers and Max Wilkinson
"Sally Takes a Hike" by Rachel Priebe and Erin Traut
2017 Be Tick Free Media Contest Winners: David Leino and DeAngelo Abadsidis
For 2016, the contest challenged Dutchess County Middle School and Junior High School students to create and post a video public service announcement as a fun and creative way to learn more about tick bite prevention.
In 2015, "Be Tick Free!" Poster Contest winners, Brandon Chen (5th Grade) and Nathan Ogden (6th Grade) from Faith Christian Academy, were honored with an award presentation by the Dutchess County Department of Health and the Tick Task Force on Monday, May 11th at the Dutchess County Legislature Meeting.
The 2014 "Be Tick Free!" Poster Contest winners were honored at an award presentation at the Roosevelt Farm Lane Trailhead.
2012 NYS Winning entries:
Katrina Poon/(6th Grade) Unionvale Middle School (left)
Elena Poon/(5th Grade) Beekman Elementary (right)
2011 NYS Winning Entry:
Matthew Hayes/(6th Grade) LaGrange Middle School
2010 NYS Winning entries:
Leona Lau/(5th Grade) Hagan Elementary School (left)
Rachael Ng/(6th Grade) Rombout Middle School (right)