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This story was corrected on Feb. 27, 2013. An explanation follows the story.

The Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office announced the five finalists for the Choose Respect Montgomery — Public Service Announcement Contest last week.

Five teams of students were selected, who are competing for $2,000 in prizes, according to Ramon Korionoff, spokesman for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office.

Each team produced a minute-long video promoting respect and discussing the importance of preventing teen violence.

“Love should not hurt,” Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy said in a release announcing the finalists. “We give kudos to kids who produced videos to prevent dating violence,” he said. The finalists will be judged by a celebrity panelest during the Choose Respect Montgomery Counference, an event for youth grades 6-12 to promote respect in dating relationships. The conference will be held on Sunday, March 3, at the Montgomery College-Germantown Campus.

One in three teens and young adults experience dating abuse, according to Break the Cycle, a national nonprofit which tries to combat teen dating violence.

You can see links to the different videos below.

Wake Up:

Teen Dating Violence:

This Is Not Love:

Teenage Domestic Violence: Speak Up:

Correction: The Choose Respect Montgomery Counference is an event for youth grades 6-12.