A local school is getting national recognition for a video they made with a positive message. The students are hoping the video will help their peers treat one another with more respect.
Students at Saginaw High were caught by surprise Friday morning to hear that the video they created beat out 20 other submissions to win a national competition.
"I was just so speechless. My mouth started to hurt because I was smiling so much," Kiana Riley said, a freshman.
"I never thought this would happen to me. $10,000, that's a lot of money," added freshman Janaisia Baker.
Saginaw High's "Teen Advisory Council" will be awarded $10,000 in prize money for winning the "Respect Challenge," a contest sponsored by the organization Futures Without Violence and Macy's.
The challenge? To record a thank you letter to someone for teaching them about respect.
While students shared personal experiences in the video to teach others about respect, many say they learned a lot themselves in the process.
"I don't care if someone is the meanest person in the world. Even though they might hurt me, I'm not going to hurt them back because you're not supposed to fight fire with fire. You're supposed to put out the flames and respect everyone," Riley said.
The students say respect isn't always shown in school, but they hope this video will help remind others and themselves of the right thing to do.
"It's a girl that everybody talks to. I still talk to her because I have to show her respect. It's kind of like karma. If you don't show them respect, it's going to come back around to you," Baker said.
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