Class of 2020: Your chance to become a WOOD TV8 Virtual Valedictorian


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Calling the senior class of 2020! WOOD TV8 has teamed up with Mercantile Bank of Michigan and Jacobs Financial to bring you virtual valedictorian speeches from around West Michigan.


Starting on Friday May 1, 2020, West Michigan students who have been officially named valedictorians of their high school senior classes can record their speech and submit it to Students can submit their speeches until May 22, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Virtual Valedictorian speeches will then be featured on for students to share with their classmates, family and community.

WOOD TV8 Virtual Valedictorian guidelines:

  • Student must confirm they have been named by their high school as the official valedictorian of their 2020 graduating class. Students will be required to submit the principal’s contact information to confirm this.
  • Participation is limited to students who reside within the WOOD TV8 viewing area.
  • If the graduating senior, the subject of the video submission, is under the age of 18 years old at the time of submission, the submission must be made by that graduating senior’s parent or legal guardian.
  • Participants acknowledge and agree that all video submissions become the property of the station and will not be returned or acknowledged.

    **Video submissions, after a vetting process by the station, will be available for public view on

    **The Station, at its sole discretion, may broadcast the photo submission on the air at any point after submission and verification.

Video Restrictions:

Videos submitted by the participants may not contain any content that:

a. is obscene, offensive, sexually explicit or suggestive; violent; derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group; endorses any form of hate or hate group; profane or pornographic; contains nudity;

b. promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message;

c. contains products or trademarks of any Sponsor competitor;

d. defames, misrepresents or contains disparaging remarks about any person or company;

e. contains trademarks, logos, or trade dress (such as distinctive packaging or building exteriors/interiors) owned by others, without permission, to the extent permission is necessary; contains any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;

f. contains copyrighted materials owned by others (including, without limitation, photographs, sculptures, paintings, and other works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media), without permission, to the extent permission is necessary;

g. contains materials embodying the names, likenesses, voices, or other indicia identifying any person, including, without limitation, celebrities and/or other public or private figures, living or dead, without permission, to the extent permission is necessary;

h. contains look-alikes of celebrities or other public or private figures, living or dead;

i. communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate; and/or

j. violates any law or regulation.

In connection with a participant’s submission, the participant affirms, represents, and/or warrants that: (i) you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions to use and authorize the Sponsors to use all copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights in and to such submission to enable inclusion and use of the submission in the manner contemplated by these Terms and Conditions; and (ii) if applicable, participant has the written consent, release and/or permission of each and every identifiable individual person in the submission to use the name or likeness of each and every such identifiable individual person to enable inclusion and use of the submission in the matter contemplated by these Terms and Conditions. The Station reserves the right to reject and disqualify any submissions that do not comply with these Terms and Conditions. Station reserves the right to request proof of these permissions in a form acceptable to the Station from any participant at any time. Failure to provide such proof will disqualify the photo submission.

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