Secaucus, N.J. -Val Verde High School from Perris, Calif., has defended its position to become the winner in the 22
annual Panasonic Kid Witness News video competition, according to Panasonic.
Val Verde competed against more than 50 schools across the country to take home the 2012 U.S. Best Video of the Year award. The school was also one of the top four winning teams who received a KWN New Vision Award. Val Verde's video will represent the US in the Panasonic Global Kid Witness News Awards competition against finalists representing 31 countries from around the world.
To receive the award, Val Verde High School's student team traveled this week to New Jersey to visit the headquarters of Panasonic Corporation of North America and participate in the company's New Vision Awards ceremony along with fellow finalists Maui High School (Kahului, Hawaii), Vista Academy High School (Denver) and Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (Vista, Calif.). Each of the schools received a New Vision Award for their creative videos on environmental issues, including topics of recycling, toxic landfills, beach cleaning and the importance of ecosystems.
Finalists in the U.S. national competition receive a Panasonic Kid Witness News New Vision Award trophy, a banner to prominently hang in their school and a "Winners' Weekend." which includes an all-expense-paid trip to the New York City Metro area for the awards ceremony program and a day seeing the sights in New York. The U.S. Best Video of the Year award winner also receives a suite of Panasonic products.
The award winners are selected by an independent panel of professionals comprised of educators, broadcasters, journalists, entertainers and industry leaders, who volunteer their time and expertise. Videos submitted for competition were initially reviewed by students and faculty from the Bronx Community College Film Division (Bronx, N.Y.) with the top videos submitted for a final round of judging by the independent panel.
Panasonic Kid Witness News is a hands-on video education program created to encourage students to develop cognitive, communication and organizational skills. The program began in 1989 with one school in New Jersey and has since grown to include participants from 76 schools throughout the United States and 718 schools from 31 countries worldwide.
Panasonic provides participating schools with a complete digital video studio and suggested guidelines to augment the school's curriculum to encourage the children to express how they view the world around them. Under supervision, the students create, produce, direct and edit video shorts throughout the school year, and are asked to create one video based on an annual theme for submission in the yearly Panasonic competition. The schools were provided with a Panasonic professional HD video camera so their work could be produced in HD quality.
For more information on the Panasonic Kid Witness News program, visit