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John Adams fifth-grader named finalist in national video contest

January 20th, 2014 9:16 pm by Rick Wagner

John Adams  fifth-grader named  finalist in national video contest

John Adams Elementary School fifth-grader Ashley Roberts has been named one of 12 finalists in the Scotties Trees Rock! video contest. Photo by Ned Jilton II.

KINGSPORT  — John Adams Elementary School fifth-grader Ashley Roberts could have a future in environmental causes, broadcasting or comedy.

That’s all based on an entry that made the list of finalists in a national video contest that will be decided by online voters.

Tissue maker Scotties has announced that Ashley is one of the 12 finalists in its Trees Rock! video contest.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $10,000 for his or her school to use toward a sustainable project, such as tree plantings, updated recycled playground equipment or energy efficient lighting. Ashley Friday said an outdoor pavilion or tree planting in the back of the school could receive money if the entry wins.

Kids who entered the contest were required to create a three-minute video on the importance of trees  — to themselves, to their school and to their community.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Tuesday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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