Max Fedore didn't win any awards in the Great American NO Bull Challenge at the Teen Video Awards in San Francisco, but it was an experience he never will forget.
The recent Richland High School graduate's video about cyberbullying was nominated for "Best Message," a surprise for Fedore since his was the only film not created specifically for the contest.
"My movie was made first for Richland and then entered in the contest," Fedore said. "The event was an unforgettable experience and I was very proud to represent my high school on the national stage."
Fedore's video was selected to the Top 100 in a nationwide vote, then chosen as a finalist by a panel of judges.
While in San Francisco, Fedore said he received the "royal treatment." The awards ceremony, VIP meet-and-greet, and red carpet took place at the posh Fairmont Hotel.
Fedore said he was included in round-table discussions with all the other nominees that were filmed to be sent to educators across the country.
Wearing a tuxedo for the main event, Fedore said he got to meet Sean Kingston; filmmaker Lee Hirsh, who directed the movie"Bully"; and Alex Libby, the real-life victim of bullying portrayed in the film.
"On the red carpet, there were interviews and photographers and it was unbelievable," Fedore said.
"The awards ceremony was in the grand ballroom of the Fairmont and it was like a smaller version of the academy awards."