Legos, lightsaber wars, talking chickens, and magic suitcases… these are not the usual tools for public safety messaging. However, for a group of students across North Central Washington, they were the perfect tools for helping educate communities on how they could protect themselves against coronavirus during Washington State’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order as a part of the COVID-eo contest hosted by North Central Accountable Community of Health.
Launched in April 2020, the COVID-eo contest was a special opportunity for local youth to get involved in efforts to flatten the curve and help protect their communities. “At that point, we were still learning how COVID-19 and the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order was going to affect everyone, and we realized that there was an important opportunity to engage local students in raising awareness,” says NCACH Executive Assistant, Teresa Davis. Teresa, along with NCACH staffer Mariah Brown, helped conceptualize and launch the COVID-eo contest in partnership with Digital Media Northwest.
The COVID-eo contest asked K-12 students from across Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties to submit original video content emphasizing at least one public health recommendation or COVID-19 safety tip from the Centers for Disease Control to help raise awareness and educate others.
Over 40 videos were submitted from across the four county region, and the submissions did not disappoint!
Results ranged from silly to serious, including tips to “dance the COVID away”, how to properly wash your hands, conversations with a talking chicken, and how to stay virtually connected while practicing social distancing. Following submissions, the community had the chance to vote on their favorites and select finalists.
Finalists were awarded in different age groups from each County, and were given prizes like laptops, wireless ear buds, and gift cards to local businesses. With generous sponsorship from partners Columbia Valley Community Health  and Confluence Health, NCACH was able to offer prizes to all contestants.
Contest winners include:
Grades Chelan Douglas Grant Okanogan
K-2 No contestants in this age group 1st– Avery & Carter Jessup

2nd – Alexa Lippert

1st – Brody, Bonnie, & Blaire Jaeckel 1st– Briar Young

2nd – Amanda Tomatich

3 – 5 1st – Thurston Christensen

2nd – Oscar Green

3rd – Raeanna Dosch

1st – Olivia Potthast 1st – Erik Ethington

2nd – Valeria Navarro

3rd – Brooke Kleyn

1st – Chisomo Wilson

2nd – Lydia, Eva, & Joanna

3rd – Xen Fardys; Bettie Wehmeyer

6 – 8 1st – Quinten Christensen; Matias Soto

2nd – Faith Kert

3rd – Celia Kiesz


1st – Lelah Baysinger 1st – Elle Schwartz 1st – David Santiago; Rubi Serrano


9 -12 1st– Miranda Nayak

2nd – Ella Gebers; Isaac Colyar

3rd – Ava & Elliot Kiesz

No contestants in this age group 1st – Taylor Thomsen

2nd – Nikola Brzezny

No contestants in this age group
We congratulate all of our contest winners and thank every single participant who submitted an entry. Our community is that much safer because of you! A huge “thank-you” to all of our partners who made this possible, including Cascade Medical Center, North Central Educational Service District, Digital Media Northwest, and Eric Link with Wenatchee School District. A special thank you to Confluence Health and Columbia Valley Community Health for their generous sponsorship donations.
To learn more about the COVID-eo contest and to see all of the video submissions, please visit: