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Owatonna senior wins J2G regional video contest

Jay Sullivan, a senior at Owatonna High School, was selected winner of the 2017 "Our Town" Regional Video Contest. The prize was $1,000 and a job shadowing opportunity this summer with KTTC/Fox47 Creative Services Department.

Sullivan said the project was challenging, but allowed him to showcase the city he grew up in. Using several different resources and programs such as a Phantom drone, GoPro Technologies, and Final Cut Pro editing software, Sullivan was able to capture his town by bringing the City of Owatonna and the school district together.

"I'm greatly appreciative of this opportunity," he said.

This competition was developed by J2G's Regional Committee to promote a message about southeast Minnesota through the use of two-minute community videos.


"The project created an avenue for students to think about their community as a place where both people and business can thrive," said John Wade, chairman of J2G board of directors. "Thinking about their unique offerings and how those benefit not only their individual communities but our larger regional community was invaluable."

Four schools participated in the project including Harmony, Austin, Houston and Owatonna.

Heather Holmes, J2G vice-president of marketing added, "These videos could potentially be utilized as marketing materials in meetings, conferences, and presentations throughout the region and beyond. Schools, community, and city organizations may also utilize the videos."

The project was made possible by a grant by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) and in partnership with Southeast Minnesota Together.

A short presentation will be held tonight at 6:30 during the Owatonna School Board meeting. The public is welcome to attend. 

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