Donaldsonville High School’s team won a contest to produce a public service announcement warning teens about the dangers of synthetic marijuana.
They, along with teams from each of Ascension Parish’s public high schools, got the red carpet treatment May 4 at the first Project Red Carpet PSA premier at the Malco theater in Gonazales.
“Each team had their own limo, and there was papparazi and photographers,” said Aleaha Shaheen Morgan, co-chair of the Leadership Ascension team that put the project together. “They were really treated like queens and kings.”
Members of each team also got a swag bag filled with gifts from the project’s sponsors, and the winning team took a $1,000 prize back to their school, to be used however they want, Morgan said. All participating teams got $500, she said.
Each Leadership Ascension team created a project to help their community, Morgan said, and this idea came from the experiences of two team members, Joey Mayeaux, with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Yvonne Pellerin of St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Both have dealt with the effects of the synthetic marijuana, including a brand named Mojo, Morgan said.
“We wanted to educate both students and parents about the dangers. Kids come into the hospital unable to control themselves after smoking this stuff,” Morgan said.
She and her team hope that the combination of creative output and community service needed to create the PSAs is something students in Ascension Parish will benefit from for years to come.
“We hope after this project is over that someone will pick up where we left off,” Morgan said.
Morgan represents GSA Consulting Engineers Inc., and also on her team are Andrew Pecquet, BASF; Brant Mayer, Commerce Title and Abstract Company; Garrett Ganucheau, EFCU Financial; Mayeaux; Lorie Bercegeay, Clerk of Court’s Office; Monica Marchand, United Community Bank; Phillip Wright, Pelican Point Golf Club; Tammy Williams, City of Gonzales, and Pellerin.
“All students who participated will receive a Red Carpet – “Say No to Mojo” Cinch bag with goodies ranging from pens, sunglasses, and a $25.00 gift card to Malco Theater as a reminder of the hard work that they put into such a memorable project,” said Pecquet, who co-chaired the team with Morgan.
The winning PSA will be played before selected movies this summer at Malco Cinema, and will be played on NBC and Fox affiliates, and on Eatel Corp.