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2013 Bear Aware

Pasadena and Glendale Teens Win Top Honors in CDFW’s Bear Aware Film Contest

The results for the second annual Bear Aware Youth Film Contest are now in, and the first-place prize of $500 went to two filmmakers from John Muir High School in Pasadena—Jose Nuno and Alex Burgos.

The second-place prize of $300 went to Hasmik Djoulakian from Clark Magnet School in Glendale, and the third-place prize of $200 went to Chase Baker, Erik Bakhshi and Boris Kitapszyan, also from Clark Magnet School.

"This is our second year holding the Bear Aware Film Contest, and we were very impressed with the thoughtfulness and creativity that went into these films,” said Marc Kenyon, CDFW’s bear program manager. “The contest is a great way to engage our youth in helping to conserve our natural resources while also informing the public about their responsibilities in keeping black bears wild.”

The film contest, which focused on student in the San Gabriel Valley, was made possible by donations from Sierra Club ($600) and Bass Pro Shop in Rancho Cucamonga ($400).

The Bear Aware Film Contest is an important component in our public outreach campaign to raise awareness about the importance of securing food and trash while in black bear habitat. Once bears become habituated to human food and trash they lose their natural ways and often must be killed.

First Place Film by Jose Nuno and Alex Burgos,
John Muir High School in Pasadena

Second Place Film by Hasmik Djoulakian,
Clark Magnet School in Glendale

Third Place Film by Chase Baker, Erik Bakhshi and Boris Kitapszyan,
Clark Magnet School in Glendale