Over 40 entries were submitted, but just a few made the cut as finalists for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s “Make the Play for Healthy Habits” video contest. In January, the Blues asked fourth to eighth graders in Michigan for ways to help make Michigan healthier, and below are the five statewide finalists.
The winner will be decided by public votes on aHealthierMichigan.org/kidcontest where the videos are posted. Voting opens at noon on April 13 [Today!] and runs through April 25, 2012, at 12 a.m. EST with the winner announced on May 7.
The finalists are:
Kailey Head, a fourth grader from North Elementary in Newport
Jalen Johnson a fifth grader from Forest Elementary School in Farmington Hills
Kate LaLone, an eighth grader from Cherryland Middle School in Elk Rapids
Marissa Orzame , a sixth grader from Boulan Park Middle School in Troy
Hailey Samples, a fifth grader from Warner Upper Elementary in Farmington Hills
The winning student will go on to star as a guest video blogger on aHealthierMichigan.org, and his or her school will receive a school assembly with Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions quarterback. The program was inspired by 10-year-old Marshall Reid from North Carolina, who documented his fight against childhood obesity through “Portion Size Me” videos.
Video submissions answered the question:
“What would you do to make Michigan healthier?”
Check out Kate’s video below to find out how she answered the contest question above. Kate is available for interviews, and don’t forget to vote for her HERE.