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Kittitas Students Win National Contest
Video on bad credit wins $2,000 and video camera

OLYMPIA — November 30, 2011 — Students at a central Washington high school recently won a national award for a video they created.

“Code Red,” a four-minute video created by The Maestros from Kittitas Secondary School, shows a patient being transported to an emergency room. As doctors operate, they remove purchase receipts from the patient. Later, in recovery, doctors discuss how the patient’s disease – bad credit – could last seven years.

“It is important to keep your credit healthy during recovery,” a nurse tells the patient.

The video was created as an entry for Give Yourself Some Credit contest, which asked middle and high school students to create a video that would inform their peers about credit.

A total of 123 video proposals were submitted for the contest. The Maestros, mentored by teacher Cheryl Uceny, were selected as a top five finalist. That distinction brought with it a Flip video camera and $500 to help support the creation of the video.

Each of the top five finishers then placed their videos online for a public vote. On November 18, voting closed, and The Maestros received the most votes.

Winning the contest netted $1,500, which will be used for a leadership convention for the students. In addition, Uceny will receive a free registration and a travel stipend of up to $300 to attend the 2012 Family Economics & Financial Education National Educator Training in Tucson, Ariz.

The Give Yourself Credit contest was created by the University of Arizona's Take Charge America Institute (TCAI) for Consumer Financial Education and Research. TCAI teamed with credit reporting institution Experian to host the contest and launch a new youth-oriented personal finance website,

To view “Code Red” and all other contest videos.


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