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      Region 16 students enter 'STOP' Film Festival

      Keeping students active during spring break is easy with a project at Region 16 schools that's sure to get your kids off the couch.

      Especially since they could win some cold, hard cash.

      It's the "STOP" Film Festival, and it's this week's Region 16 Spotlight Education report.

      "This is the only student driven film festival in the nation," said Meylnn Huntely, Amarillo ISD Safe Schools.

      It's the second year for the "STOP" Film Festival, Students Taking On Prevention.

      Region 16 middle and high school students can produce a 30 to 60 second PSA in eight different categories, showing reasons why their peers shouldn't do drugs, drink alcohol, bully, or use tobacco products.

      "Behaviors like bullying, violence, gangs, marijuana, tobacco, alcohol, any kind of substance abuse or there's also an open category where last year we got entrees about cheating or pregnancy. They know the message that will resign with their own peer group," said Huntley.

      Students teaching students. Giving them an opportunity to win cold, hard cash and a chance to spread their message.

      "We take those great entrees and we put them on disk and send them to schools all across our area so that those schools can use those messages with their own kids in prevention," said Huntely.

      Students working together in the Panhandle spirit, to keep their peers healthy, and engaged in a healthy lifestyle.

      The deadline to enter in March 23rd. The winners will be announced May 3rd at Amarillo College.

      For rule and entry forms head to this website,