East and Conestoga students honored in online safety contest

A student from West Chester East finished third in a statewide video contest, earning himself a Microsoft Xbox.

Joe Amodei, a 10th-grader at East, wrote and directed a 30-second public service announcement, entitled "The Chat Room", which placed third among more than 30 entrants from middle and high-school students across the state.

The Operation Safe Surf video contest, run by the Attorney General's office and co-sponsored by Microsoft, is designed to spread the word about online safety.

Another student group from East, and a group from Conestoga High School placed in the top nine, earning educational software from Microsoft. Amodei's video, along with the other two finalists, can be viewed online at videocontest.attorneygeneral.gov.

   Will Hobson