Gerald Buhl, a student at Warren County Middle School, and Abigail Rodman, a local homeschool student, both won first-place prizes in the Warren Coalition’s annual Health Video Contest. The contest was open to all middle school students, ages 11-14, in Warren County. Students could elect to submit a video about getting regular exercise, getting enough sleep, drinking water, or maintaining healthy eating habits.

There were a lot of parallels between this year’s two winners. Both Gerald and Abigail focused on the importance of exercise for their videos, and both had help from a younger sibling. They each won a $125 Amazon gift card, and both of them indicated they planned to share their winnings with their younger siblings. Although in the same category, the entries were quite different; Gerald focused on weightlifting (view his video at, while Abigail provided tips on exercising without equipment (check it out at https://www.

The contest was held as part of the Warren Coalition’s WAHOO (Working to Achieve Healthy Outcomes and Opportunities) program, which is funded by the VirginiaFoundation for Healthy Youth. Their videos will be used as healthy living ads throughout Warren County later this spring.