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Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania ask the state's students to film why they stay drug-free.

High school students have a lot of choices to make. One parents hope will remain a strong one is to say no to drugs. Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania (CISPA) is asking students that made that wise decision to video tape themselves explaining why they are drug-free.

In a recent release to the press, CISP said that, as an affiliate of the nation's largest dropout-prevention organization, it strives to keep children safe and that includes being free from drugs, alcohol and tobacco products.

"Drugs and alcohol play a large role in our dropout crisis," said CISPA President and State Director Nathan Mains. "Empowering students to illustrate their feelings about their drug-free lives will only strengthen their resolve and keep them on the path to graduation."

The videos are intended to be simple. Students should focus on answering just one question: "Why do you choose to be drug and alcohol free?"

The theme for this contest is "My Life. My Choice."

"It presents teens with the idea that they are in control of the path their lives will take, and that a drug-free path will lead them to a successful future," said the CISPA release.

CISPA will select winners based on creativity and originality. The contest is open to all Pennsylvania students ages 13 and older in grades eight through 12.

The state's winner will receive $250, second place $200 and third place $150.

For more information, visit the MyVoice website. You can also find more on the organization's Facebook page or by following them on Twitter.

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