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Teen Kids News (Episode 1426)

22 minutes

You're watching "Teen Kids News." I'm Livia. Here's this week's top story.

(female reporter) This report is sponsored by The National Road Safety Foundation. About an hour west of Minneapolis is Litchfield, Minnesota.

(female) Litchfield is a really small town.

(female #2) It's shockingly small. We have a lot of farming around town. There's a dairy plant, First District, that is a big part of town.

(female #3) You find things to do-- going to sporting events, driving with your friends.

(female #1) Everyone knows your name and is really friendly.

(Livia) It's where this year's winners of the Safe Rides Save Lives contest live. Hello, I'm David. Taylar. Hi, Taylar. And? Grace. Grace. Mary. Hi, Mary. Nice to meet you.

(Livia) The video Taylar, Grace, and Mary produced on distracted driving took first place. As a prize, a video crew will help them turn their idea into a PSA on national TV.

(David) We have some storyboards that we've taken from your already beautifully done video that we've seen. And we use these so we can structure what we're shooting today. This makes sure that we don't miss a shot and that we have continuity and that we understand what we're doing so we're on the same page. It's about Kelsey and her two friends. Her friends are at their lockers, talking about going to a party. They're all excited. And they invite more friends to come. We have a big car, but not enough seat belts. Kelsey has no seat belt. We're driving, listening to music, having a good time, and... Kelsey shows her phone to her friend... ...and distracts the driver. We drift into oncoming traffic and get hit in a crash. Kelsey ends up dying.

(Livia) But the teens added a twist.

(Kelsey) Dear Mom and Dad, I'm sorry...

(Livia) Throughout the PSA, Kelsey writes a letter. The letter in the end is kind of Kelsey writing from Heaven. She's apologizing to everyone for all the pain she's caused. She should've worn her seat belt and she's sorry. And that's where we end and go to a black screen-- "Don't let this happen to you."

(Livia) A tragedy at their school was part of the inspiration. Last year, a student got in a one-car crash. He was on his way to work and went off the road and hit a tree. And he passed away. He would've been a senior this year. He was a really great person. And it really impacted the community. Impact on the community was part of the message the girls wanted to get across. See how it turned out when "Teen Kids News" continues. Action!

Sophomores Grace, Mary, and Taylar submitted the winning entry in this year's Safe Rides Saves Lives contest sponsored by the National Road Safety Foundation in partnership with FCCLA. That stands for Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. The organization gives students the opportunity to use the skills from family and consumer science classes to explore future careers. And action! I'm starving.

(woman) I think they learned an amazing amount. I think they learned how a PSA is made and how much work it is for a production for a 55-second slot. We spent the entire day doing it. Cut. Good. That was nice.

(Mary) It was different. I mean, it's hard 'cause I'm not-- none of us are great actors. And so it was weird to come into it and act. Like, it was different for us. So that was great-- "About my house at 7:00." You looked at the camera. Yeah. It was fun, really fun. It's weird to have four cameras on you. You have our teacher taking pictures and a camera recording, another camera.

[girls giggle] Stand by. Rolling.

And action! All right, let's go!

(Taylar) It takes longer than I thought. Every scene, there's so many more takes that it just takes a lot longer. And it's very precise with everything they do. They try and make everything perfect. Do you want another exposure or were you happy?

(Sean) I'll do it again. One more time, then a tight shot, just in case.

(McGraw) When we have messages from kids to kids, I think it means a lot more to them. It was emotional for them making it and people that see it. All people need to be reminded of distracted driving. So, it was a good day. And cut!

(all) That's a wrap! Before we show you the PSA, here's how to enter next year's contest. Go to the contest tab at teenlane.org. To learn more about what FCCLA does, check out FCCLAinc.org. For "Teen Kids News," I'm Katie. Now the world premiere of "A Letter We Hope Never Gets Written."

(Kelsey) "Dear Mom and Dad, I'm sorry for everything. "We had been talking about the party all day. "You told me not to ride with a distracted driver, "but I never thought I would be the distraction. "We decided to carpool, "but there weren't enough seat belts for us. "We were having a good time and listening to music. "She took her eyes off the road to see the excitement. "The distractions we caused ruined so many lives. "I realized the crash would affect you, "but didn't think it would affect the community. "Everyone lost someone that day-- "a friend, a sister, a child. "Know that I never meant for any of it to happen. "Please, share our story. "I don't want anyone to go through what you guys did. "I'm so sorry. I love you, Kelsey." Next on "Teen Kids News," learn why you should start now to make next summer meaningful. My "Make The Grade" report is coming up. Christin's back with another "Make the Grade" report. When applying to college, students are asked how they spent their high school summers. Saying that you had a job certainly shows maturity and responsibility. But summer jobs may be hard to find. There is another way to get experience that comes without a paycheck, but the experience can be priceless. I'm talking about internships. These programs give students a taste of different work environments. Government agencies, museums, TV and radio stations, even Internet companies often have internship programs. But they fill up early. So don't wait. Be proactive. If you're interested in government, contact the local offices of elected representatives. Love the arts? Ask a museum for the volunteer office. If you're interested in medicine, ask your doctor about opportunities at the local hospital. An internship shows colleges you are interested in a career, and you know how to go after it. With "Make the Grade," I'm Christin. Fifty U.S. states, fifty states flags, each one with its own unique history. Here's Eric with "Flag Facts."

When the American colonies declared their independence from England, one led with a rousing motto. The year was 1774, two years before the Declaration of Independence and New Hampshire declared independence from Great Britain. Their motto was, "Live free or die," still the state motto today.

(Eric) Another revolutionary first for New Hampshire is pictured on the state flag. In 1776, the warship Raleigh was the first to fly the new American flag. New Hampshire is home to other firsts. The first potato was grown here. America's first astronaut in space, Alan Shepard, was born here, as was the first free public library. New Hampshire is known as the Granite State because their number one natural resource is granite. This is a particularly good stone for building bridges, houses, even statues. Although the colony was established for fishing, they quickly learned what they really had going on.

(Eric) The nine border stars signify an additional claim to fame. After the Revolutionary War, our new constitution required approval by nine of the thirteen states. New Hampshire made it happen by being the ninth state to ratify the document. With flag facts, I'm Eric.

Walk-off home runs are always very dramatic for any baseball team. A walk-off home run... This has happened twice in World Series play to win. The first time was 1960, bottom of the ninth, game seven, when Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski hit a home run off Yankees relief pitcher Ralph Terry. That was the Pirates' third World Series crown. In 1993, the Toronto Blue Jays won their second consecutive World Series on a walk-off, three-run World Series-winning home run by Joe Carter. I'm Matt with "Teen Kids News."

Coming up, another great a video from the website HooplaHa. It's one you shouldn't miss, so stick around. "Teen Kids News" will be back. It's no secret-- teens today are more stressed than ever. While we can't avoid things like grades, tests, and social pressures, we can learn to deal with their stress. As Emily reports, one technique is yoga.

With me is Brenda Schnable. She's a yoga therapist. How are you? Hi, Emily. So what exactly is yoga? Yoga is a mind-body practice that was created about 8,000 years ago in Ancient India. How can yoga help with stress? Yoga helps you on a physical, mental, and emotional level, builds your self-confidence. When you're confident, physically and mentally, you don't get stressed out as easy. It helps build awareness of what's important to you and what triggers stress. So when you see yourself in that situation, you can not react to it to the drama. Interesting. When I get stress, I feel it in my neck and shoulders. Can yoga help with that tightness? That's very common, 'cause we all get stressed and our shoulders creep up, especially when we're at a computer and our eyes are getting all strained. You need to relax those shoulders down. That's--yeah. Then stretch all sides of your neck. Take your chin to your chest and gently roll side to side to stretch the side of the neck. To stretch the front and back and shoulders, bring the chin down, the back of the hands together. Inhale and open the arms out to the sides. Squeeze the shoulder blades together, lift the chin, and exhale and stretch the back of the neck again. When you open up, stretch the front of the throat. How does that feel? Very good. I'm already feeling less stressed. Awesome. Thank you. You're welcome. With "Yoga And You," I'm Emily. When you have an illness like cancer, you need friends to get through it. There's an organization that can help. Here's this week's video from HooplaHa.

(female) I think Evelyn and I will be friends for a while. My name is Evelyn Rosales. I'm 19. I was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a bone-and-tissue cancer, at 16. The next few years were hectic and crazy. I would go in and out from the hospital for my chemo and surgeries from left to right. It was just really crazy. I couldn't go to school. I was home schooled for a year. No Worries Now is a nonprofit organization that's centered on improving the lives of kids and teenagers that suffer from terminal illnesses. The Pair Program is a specific program that brings together patients and volunteers from L.A.to meet up on monthly events and outings to improve the social normalcy of the lives of the patients. Evelyn and I met in June last year at a meet-up. We've been meeting on and off for eight months and keeping in touch by texting, Facebook, that fun stuff.

[indistinct talking]

(Krishan) I was really impressed from the beginning. We had an event at the UCLA sculpture gardens. Everyone was crowding around the sculpture gardens, but Lily and Evelyn went by themselves on a little adventure around UCLA. Lily showed Evelyn the campus. It was a cool friendship from the beginning. Friendship with Lily has made life better. I go to her when I'm feeling down. She reassures me and she brightens up my day when I'm feeling self-conscious. In the beginning, she was looking for a big sister. But she's a few months older than I am. So instead of the big-sister/ little-sister relationship, it's really just been a straight friendship. We bonded over things, both in our freshman year of college. We've had a lot of time talking about those type of experiences. Just a few words from Lily makes life a bit better and easier on me. She's just a great friend.

[indistinct talking]

Oh, yeah. Put it in your car. We'll have more from HooplaHa on future shows. For "Teen Kids News," I'm Daniella. You may not think veggies belong in a pastry, but think again. My recipe is next on "Teen Kids News." We'll be right back. The Culinary Institute of America is a college for those interested in becoming a chef or working in food services. When they come up with a recipe, it's going to be good. Let's see what's cooking this week. "Pastry" usually brings to mind dessert, but I'm going to show you a savory pastry, meaning not sweet or a dessert. Let's get started. Here's what you'll need. From A to Z, I've got the vegetables asparagus, squash, and zucchini. I've diced the squash and cut the asparagus. What you'll do is you'll take these vegetables and put them into a bowl. With the asparagus, you'll add extra virgin olive oil, about two tablespoons, enough to cover the vegetables. Salt and pepper, for seasoning. Then you'll mix with a spoon. Once the vegetables are coated with the oil and the salt and pepper, you can now place them onto the cookie sheet. I used parchment paper to line this baking sheet. Makes the cleanup a lot easier. You'll want to arrange the vegetables onto one layer, so that they cook evenly. Next, put them into an oven-- 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. While the vegetables are cooking, we can now cut our pastry dough. You can pick this up at the supermarket, in the freezer section. We're not going to use the entire roll today, just about half. To be safe, I'm using a pizza cutter. I'll cut it in half, just like that... and save that for later. I'm gonna cut this section right in half, and then I'm gonna make rectangles. You can make triangles, squares, or circles. It's up to you. On another baking sheet, like the one we used for the vegetables, I'm going to place the squares neatly about an inch or two inches in between each one. Now we wait for the vegetables to cook. We'll clean up the station and get the vegetables ready. Ah, these look delicious. These are pretty hot, so we're gonna let these cool. While they're cooling, we'll spread the goat cheese on our goat-cheese bites. Gonna take a little bit here, about thumb-sized, and put it in the middle. Take the backside of your spoon. Press the goat cheese down to kind of make a boat. It's tricky to work with, but trust me, it's worth it. Absolutely delicious. You won't find this in a dessert. Now that that's finished, and you're waiting for your vegetables to cool, clean your hands. Now it's time for our vegetables. I'll use another spoon and pick up a bit of vegetables, and put it on that goat cheese. Make sure to pick up each different type of vegetable. All right. Now that the vegetables are on the goat cheese, I'll put it back into the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until they're golden brown. Let's check our puff-pastry bites. Ooh, nice golden brown, and hopefully delicious. These are served warm, so I'll put them on this plate. Be careful, the pan is really hot. There you have it-- goat cheese, vegetable, puff pastry bites, a great snack that's healthy and delicious. At the Culinary Institute of America, for "Teen Kids News," I'm Fletch. Mmm, that's good. Yum! That looks delicious. Can't wait to make it. That's it for now. "Teen Kids News" will be back next week. See you then.

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The special two-part top story, sponsored by the National Road Safety Foundation, takes viewers to Litchfield, Minnesota. It’s a small town that’s home to three high school sophomores that won the Safe Rides-Save Lives PSA contest. The inspiration for their idea came from a tragic event that happened in their town last year. Christin files a report on summer internships, and Eric discusses the history of New Hampshire's state flag. Other segments include walk-off home runs, yoga techniques, the organization No Worries Now, and recipes that combine puff pastry and vegetables. Part of the "Teen Kids News" series.

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