"Be Tick Free!" Media Contest is open from October 16 - March 10, 2018 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:

  • Reflection of the contest’s “Be Tick Free!” message
  • Originality and creativity
  • Audio and video quality
  • Adherence to the media contest requirements

A winner from each division (Middle and High School) will be announced in April 2018.


Contest Requirements - Entries must be:

- 30 seconds or 60 seconds in length
- 720dpi or 1080 dpi resolution
- Original design and creation of the student(s)
- Uploaded to a YouTube account
- Accessible through the YouTube link (URL) created by the student
- Submitted by completing the online entry form by clicking on the Submission Form tab above.

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 10, 2018.

A winner from each division (Middle and High School) will be announced in April 2018. Winners will be contacted directly prior to any public announcements.

Prizes and awards will be presented at the May 2018 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


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.


2014 Be Tick Free Contest Winners standing with their winning entries

Group photo of all 2014 Be Tick Frre Contest Winners 


Winning Fight the Bite entry by Katrina Poon   Wining Fight the Bite entry by Elena Poon


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

Winning Entry by Leona Lau in Fight the Bite Poster Contest   Winning Entry by Rachael Ng in Fight the Bite Poster Contest

2010 NYS Winning entries:
Leona Lau/(5th Grade) Hagan Elementary School (left)

Rachael Ng/(6th Grade) Rombout Middle School (right)










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