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Nursing students’ playful video captures second place in national contest

A spirited video dreamed up by Ohio University nursing students has captured second place among 20 schools nationwide in the National Pink Glove Dance Video Competition aimed at breast cancer awareness and prevention.

The video features several groups of Bobcats, including the Marching 110, sporting pink gloves and strutting their stuff at familiar campus locations to the song "Down" by Jay Sean. 

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The spot received 2,788 votes during the online competition that took place Oct. 12-26. As its prize, OHIO's School of Nursing, part of the College of Health Sciences and Professions, will receive $375 for school supplies and another $375 in the form of a donation to its designated charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Columbus.

The Ohio University video was bested only by Pearl High School, Miss., in the academic category. Among the 270 entries in the overall contest, taking the top prize was Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia, S.C., which received nearly 15,000 votes and a $10,000 donation to its charity of choice, the Vera Bradley Foundation.

"I am so proud of our students," said Eliza Harper, assistant professor of nursing who helped organize the effort. "Many of them had been touched in one way or another by breast cancer, and even those who had not put their hearts and hard work into it. The creative and inspirational video that resulted may not have been awarded first place, but the students certainly accomplished their goal by raising awareness of breast cancer across campus and well beyond."

Statistics show that one in eight U.S. women will develop the disease, and that it will claim a life every 12 minutes.

The video contest was launched three years ago by Medline, a medical supply company, and the original competition generated more than 13 million views on YouTube.

The Ohio University video was dreamed up by the senior class in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and produced with the help of Ryan Murphy, a media arts major in the Scripps College of Journalism.