Future videographers and filmmakers were honored for their 90-second RideOn! videos, which encourage OHV safety and stewardship of School and Institutional Trust Lands.

This second annual RideOn! Video Contest was co-sponsored by the Larry H. Miller Group, Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands, and Utah State Parks and Recreation.

The contest challenged students to generate 90-second videos focusing on safety and land stewardship. Students competed in junior high and high school categories. All videos may be viewed at: http://www.youtube.com/user/utahohvvideocontest

First place winners are:

High School: Colton Petersen, Chad Udy and Taylor Adcox from Granite Technical Institute in Salt Lake

Junior High/Middle School: Jessica Rhodes from South Cache 8-9 Center in Hyrum and Spring Creek Middle School in Providence

These students won $500, plus $500 for their teacher and $500 for their school.

The contest benefits all Utah schools, because interest generated from good management of SITLA land is distributed to every public school in the state. Local school community councils allocate the money to the school’s most critical needs, explained Kevin Carter, director of School and Institutional Trust Lands.

According to Carter, “Proper OHV use on trust lands helps to reduce the cost of maintenance on the lands. This ultimately puts additional money into Utah’s schools and everyone has a safer ride.”

Fred Hayes, director of Utah State Parks and Recreation, said safety is the agency’s priority, and reports nearly 50,000 young people have taken OHV safety classes over the years.

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