Monday, February 28, 2005
And action! Atlantic students compete for Aliant Safe Grad video prize
ATLANTIC CANADA —
Graduating students at all Atlantic Canadian high schools are invited to flex their creative muscles and create a two-minute video that could win them cash prizes towards their 2005 Safe Grad program, courtesy of Aliant.
“We were extremely impressed with the quality and creativity demonstrated by our 2004 winners,” said Chuck Hartlen, Vice-President, Customer Services and Aliant Mobility. “This year we want to again demonstrate our support of student programs across the region by offering prizes that can be put toward a safe and fun graduation.”
After the success of last year’s program, Aliant will once again offer a grand prize of $5,000 to the team that produces the best video; second prize is $3,000 and third prize is $2,000; plus each winning team will get 10 pre-paid phones to give away. As a new addition, Aliant has also introduced the $1,000 People’s Choice Award allowing Aliant customers to text message or visit aliant.net to vote for their favourite short video.
Students are encouraged to shoot any kind of video — it can be a TV style ad, a short film, a mocumentary-style short, or even an animated short — as long as it is no longer than two minutes. “The topic is broad,” said Mr. Hartlen. “All they need to do is demonstrate how any Aliant product or service could get them out of a potentially sticky situation. We want them to have fun with it.”
In 2004, Cole Harbour High School in Dartmouth, N.S. won the grand prize and intend on defending their title. So the challenge is on!
“The student’s creativity paired with the expertise of our digital film instructor will make for an excellent showing this year,” said Andrew Gavas, accounting and business management teacher and Safe Grad committee chair, at Cole Harbour High School. “Last year, we were able to provide students with an amazing prom and Safe Grad with the prize money. We gave away cell phones as prizes and provided a full dinner and dance for all the 2004 grads.”
The deadline for submitting videos is April 15, 2005 and packages are currently being sent out to eligible high schools in Atlantic Canada. More details about the program including the rules and a waiver form are also available on aliant.net
From its home base in Atlantic Canada, Aliant delivers a wide variety of innovative and traditional communications services, including local and long distance telephony, wireless, Internet, e-commerce, interactive multimedia, data and managed network services, to more than two million consumers and over 80,000 enterprises. Aliant complements its industry-leading telecommunications business with strengths in information technology solutions and knowledge-services applications. Aliant's approximately 8,400 employees build on its 100-plus year history by collaborating to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience. Aliant has a market capitalization of approximately $3.8 billion.
For more information, contact:
Aliant Communications and Public Affairs