2015 Problem Gambling Awareness Month Video Contest

| March 7, 2015

Official results are in!

Official Results of the 2015 Oregon PGAM Young Adult Video Contest.

2015 Oregon PGAM Young Adult Video Contest Official Results (click to enlarge).

Congratulations and THANKS to all who entered and voted in the 2015 PGAM Young Adult Video Contest!
Videos like this show the power of what young people can do, and the messages that they can share– 4 of the top 5 videos were entered by Oregonians under 18! ALL eligible entries receiving $5 in Dutch Bros or  Subway gift cards for their participation.

In the 10 days of voting, we had over 4,300 video views and 564 official votes. Each of the top three videos you chose were quite different from one another, and yet each had powerful messages of what a problem looks like, followed by messages of hope and help.


Here are the three top entries, as voted by YOU!

First Place:
Elijah Hayes (Grants Pass, OR)

Elijah, 14 years old, had 181 total votes. His video covers many key signs of of problem gambling, and a lot of issues and consequences that people face due to the problem, and how to get help. Congratulations to Elijah for his simple, yet powerful message! Elijah has chosen to receive the $200 Amazon gift card.

Here’s Elijah’s top voted video:

Second Place:

Jeremiah Justice (Canby, OR)

Jeremiah, 15 years old, created a dynamic animated video, which shows a number of signs of problem gambling and encourages people to talk about the issue and to seek help. Congratulations to Jeremiah for this award-winning video!

Third Place:

Gunnar Lassen (Crow, OR)

Created by: Gunnar Lassen, Tanner Wickwire, Rylan Larsen, Leah Perry, Emily Dean, Fernanda Torres, Darcy Anderson, Vanessa Oldale, Audrey Millard, Thomas Martin, Yeshua Wogoman, Sarah Sutton & Teancum Jentzsch.

Advisor: Heather Hohnstein, Crow High School.

Gunnar and his fellow Crow High School students created this as part of a drama project and were helped with their advisor, teacher Ms. Heather Hohnstein. The video features the main subject being confronted by consequences of his gambling problem, including eviction, losing his job and his friendships. Ultimately, one of his friends gives him a card and tells him that help is available. Congratulations to Ms. Hohnstein’s group for their 3rd place video!

Other top 5 entries were:

Lianna Spangler

Created by: Lianna S., Yeshua W., Vanessa O., Darcey A.: Advisor: Heather H., Crow High School


Karina Velazco


Prizes this year are:

  • 1st Place: GoPro camera (or $200 gift card)
  • 2nd Place: Kindle (or $150 gift card)
  • 3rd Place: JawBone Wristband (or $100 gift card)
  • ALL eligible entries: $5 Dutch Bros (18+) / $5 Subway (under 18)

Voting took place over Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. While the contest is over, you can still like, upvote and tweet your favorites!

The top 3 entries were selected based upon number of total votes.

The top 3 prizes are:

  • 1st Place: GoPro camera (or $200 gift card; winner chooses)
  • 2nd Place: Kindle (or $150 gift card; winner chooses)
  • 3rd Place: JawBone Wristband (or $100 gift card; winner chooses)


Category: Problem Gambling, Videos

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