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Apr 20, 2012 12:37 PM by Dax VanFossen (KAJ News)

Bigfork HS students looking to roll to national award

BIGFORK- One Northwest Montana community is revving its engines with hopes of winning a national contest and the $10,000 prize.

Bigfork High School students created a video for a nationwide competition, sponsored by Ford and as reporter Dax VanFossen recently found out, they've already won round one.

Local Ford dealer Jim Peterson says he couldn't have been more impressed by the kids.

"The real winners in this deal are the kids of Bigfork High School. The young adults that put this video together, they all came out, they were totally organized [and] they had great representation by the staff at Bigfork," Peterson, who owns Valley Ford, remarked.

The competition is called Drive One 4 UR School and it all started with a special event in Bigfork, but is now a national video competition between dozens of schools. The prize money could come in handy.

"Like so many schools, we have budget issues, and constraints, and so we try to do the most we can and little say projects or competitions like this give us an opportunity for us to not only highlight our teachers and our students, but students and teachers around the state," Bigfork High School Principal Matt Porrovecchio explained.

Yearbook teacher Michael Roberts says it would be nice for the state of Montana to jump up and support Bigfork High's video competition by voting for their video to win. And they money goes to a good cause.

"A number of our sports have been cut, but we still have the sport because of fund-raising sorts of things, so this is just another avenue to support the whole structure of this school."

Student George Shkara says Roberts encouraged the class and let them do the work themselves.

"More like, we wanted to do it. We went outside and we talked with people...[and then] we did it ourselves. It's something we did. What's really cool about it, that Mr. Roberts, the yearbook teacher, he doesn't do things for us. He let us do it and think about ideas and decide on things," Shkara said.

Bigfork High School has already beat St. Cloud High School in Florida and they'll now face Norwalk High School of California. Click here to help them win the voting.

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