Somerville High School sophomore, Desi Feldman named 2016 PSA Project Winner

WOBURN – Somerville High School has been named the winner of the 8th Annual PSA Project hosted by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc., for an original video highlighting the theme of “Write the Story You Want to Tell.” Somerville High School sophomore, Desi Feldman, was the creator of the winning video, entitled “Defeat Stress.”

The goal of “Write the Story You Want to Tell” is to empower students to reflect on who they are and who they want to become. Self-discovery, confidence, goal-setting and good decision making are important components of writing your own story - the story only you can tell. The overarching goal of the 2016 PSA Project is for students to communicate a direct, positive voice to other teens.

More than 200 students worked on the 52 videos submitted to the annual project.  The winning video premiered on “New England Cable News This Morning.”

“We know that students often go to their peers first for advice and guidance.  For this reason it is important to celebrate teens like Desi for advancing positive messages that encourage confidence that will have a positive impact on young people,” said District Attorney Ryan. “It has been an incredible experience to see the strong, positive messages portrayed in the videos students submitted.”

“The MPY PSA project provides students with a valuable opportunity to impact and support their peers on issues that are relevant to them,” added Mary Skipper, Superintendent of the Somerville Public Schools. “Our youth clearly have stories they want to tell, and as Desi and all of the project finalists demonstrate, their stories are powerful. Congratulations and thank you to all of the students who worked on these projects.”

The District Attorney’s PSA Project was created with Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc., to spark a dialogue among teens and to include teens in the conversation on issues such as healthy relationships, substance abuse, and impaired driving.  To see past winners of the PSA Project, visit www.middlesexpartnershipsforyouth.org

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