The Optimists of McFarland are pleased to announce that a video about the club's Weekend Snack Sack program, which was produced by McFarland High School student Ava Papalia-Beatty, has been chosen as a finalist for the 2017 Reel Optimists Video Contest. This international contest will determine a final winner using a system of public voting.
Visit www.optimist.org/ReelOptimism between May 12 and May 31 to cast their votes. Her entry is under Reel Optimist in Action-Adult Category, click on a local Optimist wearing a red shirt. People may vote once per day per IP address during the voting period.
By posting and sharing the video, McFarland Optimists can generate enough votes to win this contest!
The winner will receive a grant of $750 to designate to a charity from Optimists International. All videos will be screened at the 2017 Optimist International Convention in Albuquerque, NM.
Papalia-Beatty is completing her Sophomore year at McFarland High School. She has been producing and filming video for several years, and plans a career in Production. She hosts a You Tube channel of her other videos at "Ava Papalia-Beatty". This is the first time her work has been entered into competition. She scripted, filmed and edited the production in order to highlight a unique Optimist program designed to provide nutritious snacks for the weekend to McFarland students who rely on school lunch and are faced with food insecurity. The program is funded by contributions from local residents and is finishing its second year.