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Students video earns them each a $1,500 scholarship

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Dublin Coffman High School Senior Kelly Murphy and sophomore Nick Taylor won second place in a statewide contest for their video about phishing scams.
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Kelly Murphy and Nick Taylor went phishing and won $1,500 in scholarships.

A video about phishing scams created by the Coffman High School students snagged second place in a "Take Action" contest run by the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

The one-minute video follows a "phishing" trip to steal an identity.

"Watching winners from last year, the winning video used a pun," Murphy said. "It seemed like every winning video had a pun."

So Taylor and Murphy went with a fishing pun for their public service announcement about identity theft and reeled in second place.

"They told us we were in the top 10 a month and half ago," Murphy said. "We're excited to be recognized ... . This is the highest (award) Coffman has had in a while (in the contest)."

Sophomore Taylor said they worked on the video in the fall and shot it in one day.

"The editing took a week," he said.

Both entered the contest last year and have been making videos for a while.

"I've been in the (broadcast) class all four years," said Murphy, a senior.

Over the years, there have been changes to technology and the class, she said.

"We went from a recorded morning announcements show to live," she said. "I love all the video work. I hope to work in the video field."

A job in broadcast news has captured Murphy's eye.

Video work has long been a passion for Taylor as well.

"I took a video class in middle school and my teacher was awesome," he said. "I love doing it. I did the morning announcements (in middle school) after Kelly left ... . It's the highlight of my day."

On March 4 the duo will meet DeWine to receive their scholarships. The top 10 videos in the contest will also be shown.

"We'll get a tour of his office and the floor," Murphy said. "We'll go to a press conference and he'll speak about identity theft and phishing scams."

While the contest gave Murphy and Taylor a chance to sharpen their skills and earn scholarship money, they also learned a little about the crimes DeWine's office is working to reduce with the contest.

"We did do some research on statistics," Murphy said. "We didn't know how high the numbers of people affected were."

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