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2021 “Sleep is Essential” high school video contest now open

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By Kate Robards  |  Jan 14, 2021
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High school students are invited to enter the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s 2021 “Sleep is Essential” Video Contest. Submissions are being accepted now until February 16, 2021.

Teens have the chance to win a grand prize of $1,000, split evenly between the student and his or her school. Second and third place “Teen Choice Award” winners will also earn a cash prize.

Students can enter the contest by submitting an original video that is 15 to 60 seconds long to help teens understand that sleep is essential. Applicants should upload their video entry to Instagram, TikTok, or YouTube with the hashtag #EssentialSleep2021, and must submit to the AASM a public link to the video along with a completed entry form by Feb. 16, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. EST. A panel of judges will review videos for originality and quality as well as the appropriateness, relevance, and accuracy of the messages.

The 2021 AASM High School Video Contest rules and eligibility information can be found on the AASM website. Teens can complete the contest request entry form to get started.

Looking for some inspiration? Check out the winning videos from last year’s contest.

First Place ($1,000)

Dev Patel, a 9th grader at J. P. Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey, took home the grand prize of the 2020 contest with his video.

Second Place ($500)
Hannah Fisher took second place with her video, “Why Sleep Matters.” Hannah is a 12th grader at Argyle High School in Argyle, Texas.

Teen Choice Award ($250)
Winston Mattwandel, a 10th grader at Scotts Valley High School in Scotts Valley, California, won the Teen Choice Award with his video, “Rough Day: A PSA About Sleep and Why You Need More.”