Split Decisions earns Surrey school cash for dry grad

Video by L.A. Matheson Secondary students takes 2nd place in BCAA contest.

Split Decisions earns Surrey school cash for dry grad

The screen is split in two, each side showing a dark-haired girl preparing for what looks like a night out.

They put on makeup, do their hair and put on their clothes and high heeled shoes.

Then they both receive texts on their cell phones. One message says “I’m coming with the booze” and the other reads “I’m coming to pick you up.”

“OK,” each young lady types in response.

In the next shot, it’s clear both girls are celebrating their high school graduations, smiling and taking photos of friends. They each get a tap on the shoulder and turn to see young men offering them gifts. While one has a bouquet of white flowers, the other has a brown bag containing a bottle of liquor. One girl smells the flowers and the second takes a swig from the bottle.

The following scenes show each girl’s evenings taking very different turns – one ending happily and the other in tragedy.

The short film, called Split Decisions, ends with the words “What’s your decision?”

The two-and-a-half minute flick, made by the Counterattack Committee at Surrey’s L.A. Matheson Secondary, recently won second place in this year’s BCAA Dry Grad Video Challenge.

Video submissions from B.C. and the Yukon were viewed by a panel of judges and the top five videos were placed online for public voting.

The winning school was Richmond’s Hugh McRoberts Secondary which took the grand prize of $4,000. L.A. Matheson Secondary won $2,000 and third-place Rutland Senior Secondary (in Kelowna) got $1,000 for their dry grad events.

To view the winning films, check http://www.bcaa.com/drygrad