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Mazie Gable Elementary School's video for the Scotties Trees Rock video contest spent most of the competition perched in first place, and now the only thing left to do is wait for votes to be tallied to see if the top prize will be awarded to the Red Lion school.

The Red Lion elementary school earlier this year sent in a three-minute video submission to the Trees Rock contest hosted by the tissue company. The contest, for third- through sixth-graders, asked students to create a video describing the importance of trees, whether it be by way of poem, play or song.

Mazie Gable's video sat in second place for the first week or so after it was announced as a finalist last month and has since climbed the ranks to first, where it remained until voting ended on Sunday. Members of the community have been able to vote once a day, every day since Jan. 11, and Red Lion Area School District Superintendent Scott Deisley said many people have been doing just that.

"It has truly been amazing, the outpouring of support that we have seen from this community," Deisley said, noting other districts, the local police force and Red Lion restaurants have all helped in spreading the word.

First place is $10,000 cash and a tree-planting event and party totaling about $4,000. Should Mazie Gable take the top prize, the funds will be put toward its outdoor classroom area — a space which has been slowly growing over the past four years by way of community donations.

The space currently features a walking path, garden boxes, benches and  picnic tables, and the school is looking to add things like a shelter — which demonstrates rain water collection — and sensory garden boxes, as well as a creative space and natural study areas where students can look more closely at native species.

Mazie Gable won't be completely out of luck should they face a last-minute drop in the rankings — which could happen considering no one knows how far behind or how close the video in second place is to dethroning Mazie Gable's video  — as contest runners-up will win prizes ranging from $500 to $7,000.

Deisley, however, has no intention of allowing that to happen.

"We really aren't going to settle for anything less than first place," he said.

According to the Scotties Trees Rock website, the contest winner will be announced on Feb. 29.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.

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