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Suicide prevention films earn three awards for Apple Valley High School students

posted May 9, 2016, 3:46 PM by Kristin Hernandez   [ updated Sep 20, 2016, 11:54 AM ]

AVHS Directing Change students with teacher, Gretchen Peratt, and counselor, Amy Bateman.
Apple Valley High School students received three awards for suicide prevention films, at the 2016 Directing Change Program and Film Contest’s third annual Inland Empire Screening and Award Ceremony. The award ceremony took place on May 5 at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside.


The film “My Perspective”, created by Morgan Kennedy, Ishmael Solomon and Thomas Hoover, seniors in AVHS’ Computer and Media Pathway, won first place in the Suicide Prevention Category for the San Bernardino region.  Thomas Bateman and Dakota Parr, both juniors, placed in the Top 3 of Suicide Prevention category with their film, “Purpose”.


In the Cultural Diversity, Suicide Prevention Category, the film “Make a Statement”, created by Rebekah Alvarez, Kyra Alstott and Devinne Hoffman, juniors, placed in the Top 3 in the San Bernardino region.


The films can each be viewed on


Directing Change is part of Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement, administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority. The regional award ceremony was organized by Riverside University Health System Behavioral Health and San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health. For more information visit