UPDATE: Marshall's video "Feel Like Running" took home the top prize. He said he plans to use part of the winnings to pay his cast, who volunteered to participate in the video, and make a donation to a local anti-bullying group.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A songwriting Sunset High School teacher is a finalist for a $10,000 prize.
Chris Marshall’s classroom might look like he teaches music with the posters and album covers on the walls but his subject is Language Arts.
“When I’m out of the classroom, music is my passion,” said Marshall. “It does provide a connection with the kids.”
His newly released video for the song “Feel Like Running” is one of 10 finalists in a national contest with Paste magazine.
It tells the story of a student who is cyberbullied.
“It’s not about running away, it’s about getting the support from other kids to confront the problem,” said Marshall.
The song is brought to life by director John Garcia with real life brothers Harrison and Holden Goyette.
“When the kids run after me the bully, they end up showing compassion,” added Harrison. “Bullies often act out because they’re missing that in their lives.”
The winner will be determined in an online vote with a deadline of February 1.
Marshall, who plays with ‘August Light,’ admits he’s already celebrating success.
“It the most proud I’ve felt of anything artistic I’ve done,” he said. “When I share it with my students I can tell it hits a nerve.”
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