Schofield teen’s antitobacco video gets award

| December 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Xavier Garrido (rear) won second place for his video in the 2015 Fight the Enemy 3.0 competition. (Photo by School Liaison Office)

Xavier Garrido (rear) won second place for his video in the 2015 Fight the Enemy 3.0 competition. (Photo by School Liaison Office)

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School Liaison Office
Child, Youth and School Services

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — When the winners of the 2015 Fight the Enemy 3.0 contest were announced, Hawaii was well represented when Xavier Garrido of the Schofield Barracks Youth Center won second place for his video “The Times Have Changed, but the Dangers Have Not.”

The compelling 29-second video was a submission in the tobacco counter-marketing video contest that aimed to change attitudes about tobacco by framing its use as the “enemy” that hurts all areas of a teen’s life, to include health, fitness, finance and relationships with friends and family.

The theme of this year’s competition was “E-Cigarettes: Can You See Through the Smoke?” The intent of this theme was to instill in teens that they needed to think skeptically about claims that say e-cigarettes are a “safe” form of tobacco.

In order to be eligible for the contest, students were between the ages of 13-18 and a dependent of a Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard or National Guard civilian or service member. For those who preferred to participate as a team, there could be no more than four members and at least one individual in the team had to be a dependent of a DOD, USCG or NG civilian or service member.

Leilehua pride

Garrido is a junior at Leilehua High School and has been enrolled there since he arrived in Hawaii as a 9th grader. His hobbies include playing video games, hiking and playing the trumpet. He also enjoys producing music digitally on the computer.

As a winner of the second place prize, he received $750 in scholarships that he will utilize when his goals of one day attending West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, to study to become a high school math teacher come true.

When not walking the halls of Leilehua, Garrido can be found attending Child, Youth and School Services, where he created his contest video along with two staff members, Joey Greathouse and Eric Robinson.

“Here at the Schofield Barracks Youth Center, the support and direct care staff work extremely hard to see that our youth succeed,” said Greathouse. “So when Xavier was announced as a contest winner, Mr. Robinson and I were extremely happy to see the hard work … had paid off, especially since the judges were the U.S. Surgeon General and the Surgeon Generals of the branches of the military.”

Garrido has been attending the Youth Center for three years now. He is not only enrolled in a CYS Services program, but also the son of Virginia Garrido, the facility director at the Schofield Barracks Child Development Center, and Staff Sgt. Peter Garrido of the 728th Military Police Battalion, 13th MP Detachment, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

Taking a stand

Winning is not new to Garrido in that he recently won second place in the Youth Take a Stand! Poster Contest, which ran from July through September 2015, with the winners announced at the “Day for Kids” event that CYS Services hosted on Sept. 19th at the Schofield School Age Center.

The last few months have been very exciting and rewarding for Garrido. He often says, “You yourself are not the best at what you do, and the only way to improve at something is to seek critique.”

The best of luck goes out to Garrido as he works to improve himself day in and day out as he lives the unique lifestyle of a military teen.

Award-Winning Video

To view Xavier Garrido’s winning video, visit

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