DARIEN, IL – The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the three students selected as the winners of the 2020 AASM High School Video Contest, which focused on educating teens about the importance of healthy sleep.

The annual contest is open to high school students in the U.S. who have permission from a parent or guardian and approval from a sponsoring teacher at their school. More than 40 videos were submitted from students across the U.S. Each entry was evaluated for its originality and video quality, as well as the appropriateness, relevance, and accuracy of its message.

“I congratulate these three teens for producing such creative and informative videos,” said AASM President Dr. Kelly Carden. “The AASM received dozens of quality submissions from around the country. I thank each of the participants and their teachers for helping raise awareness about the importance of sleep for teen health, well-being and safety.”

Each submission was reviewed by the AASM Education Committee, which selected the first place winner, second place winner, and five candidates for the third place “Teen Choice Award.” A judging panel of 20 teens reviewed the five nominees for third place and selected the Teen Choice Award winner. This panel comprised teen Youth Ambassadors who are a part of the Youth Media Council for the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), a coalition of youth-serving organizations and government agencies working together toward the common goal of addressing health and safety issues that affect youth in the U.S.

First Place ($1,000)
Dev Patel, 9th grade
Megan Green, teacher
J P Stevens High School
Edison, New Jersey

Second Place ($500)
Hannah Fisher, 12th grade
Stacy Short, teacher
Argyle High School
Argyle, Texas

Teen Choice Award ($250)
Winston Mattwandel, 10th grade
Deborah Siemsen, teacher
Scotts Valley High School
Scotts Valley, CA

For more information about the AASM High School Video Contest and to view winning videos from previous years, visit: https://aasm.org/advocacy/high-school-video-contest/.

About the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Established in 1975, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is advancing sleep care and enhancing sleep health to improve lives. The AASM has a combined membership of 11,000 accredited member sleep centers and individual members, including physicians, scientists and other health care professionals.