Revere teens win prize for promoting healthy eating

The team behind Revere High School’s winning video — (from left) media club advisor Paul Amato, freshmen Lyba Khan, Dennis Mejia, and Denis Ortiz, and club monitor Mary Ellen Dakin — display the $1,000 prize for a statewide contest to promote school breakfasts.
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The team behind Revere High School’s winning video — (from left) media club advisor Paul Amato, freshmen Lyba Khan, Dennis Mejia, and Denis Ortiz, and club monitor Mary Ellen Dakin — displayed the $1,000 prize for a statewide contest to promote school breakfasts.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A group of Revere High School teens has won a video contest, “School Breakfast: Eat. Film. Screen,” sponsored by Project Bread and the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The video, “Why YOU Should Eat a Healthy Breakfast,” was created by Lyba Khan, Denis Ortiz, and Dennis Mejia, all freshmen in the high school’s media club, under the direction of club advisor Paul Amato and monitor Mary Ellen Dakin.

The Revere High teammates edged out 39 other entries, based on their video’s creativity, style, and effective messaging, for the contest’s $1,000 prize.


The video will be used to promote the school breakfast program throughout the state.

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“I wanted to make something everyone can relate to,” said Khan, who directed the video, which features messages from students engaged in a range of extracurricular activities.

The video demonstrates that a good breakfast helps students perform better in cheerleading, basketball, chorus, and dance.

The contest began in March, when students were asked to submit a 30-second video as a public service announcement promoting the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast before classes begin.

The videos were uploaded to, a website that allows teachers and students to share media, and the public voted on the videos.


In its third year, the contest received 40 entries from middle and high schools across Massachusetts.

“Students need to be both full and healthy to learn and thrive,” said Ellen Parker, executive director of Project Bread. “Nutritious school breakfast programs are a vital resource for them, and there’s no one better to send that message to students than another student.”

Project Bread is a statewide antihunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food. Visit

A DAY TO BE PROUD: Arts After Hours hosts SizzLynn, a neighborhood barbecue marking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, in the Lynn Museum’s outdoor courtyard on Saturday.

Disc jockey Brian Halligan provides music to get the crowd dancing during the gathering, which runs from 2 to 6 p.m.


“The Arts After Hours organization is an important part of making the dream of a revitalized downtown Lynn a reality, and I’m once again delighted and honored to contribute my skills in support of that vision,” said Halligan, who DJs into the night at Fran’s Place, a short walk from the Washington Street museum.

Local drag performers Veronica Vaughan and Amanda Stevens from Northern Nights present one of their signature acts, “Serial Girls.”

Local chef Greg Gray serves up the barbecue. Beer, wine, soda, and water are available for purchase. And, there’s a raffle.

Sponsors of the age-18-plus event include Northern Nights, Fran’s Place, and Fenway Community Health Center.

“Fenway Health is very excited to be a part of this inaugural event,” said Coco Alinsug, with the health center’s Fenway Institute. “Our mission is to enhance the well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research, and advocacy. As such, partnering with an event like this is important.”

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on Saturday. Call 781-205-4010 or visit

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