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Vermont Highway Safety Alliance Announces Winners of #SafeDrivesSavesLivesVT Contest

Barre, Vt. – The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA) and its partners held the fourth annual student PSA video contest awards ceremony yesterday evening and announced the winners:

1st Place – Sponsored by AT&T

Jack Mahar, Center for Technology Essex

2nd Place – Sponsored by AT&T

Andrew Martell, Stafford Technical Center

3rd Place – Vermont Insurance Agents Association

Sponsors Choice – Vermont Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association

Bradley Hunt & Charlie Clark, Brattleboro Union High School

4th Place – Sponsored by Yankee Driving School

Will Devereaux, Champlain Valley Union High School

5th Place & Sponsor’s Choice– Sponsored by AT&T

People’s Choice – Youth Safety Council of Vermont/Co-operative Insurance

Lexington Page, Essex High School

Sponsor’s Choice – Sponsored by AT&T

Daniel Airoldi, Essex High School

People’s Choice Award – Sponsored by Co-operative Insurance Companies and Youth Safety Council of Vermont

Devin Hogan, Southwest Tech, Bennington

Honorable Mention – Sponsored by Midstate Dodge

Sam Umphlett & Asa Jelley, Southwest Tech, Bennington

Brayden Shelton, Rutland High School

Honorable Mention – Sponsored by AAA Northern New England

Asa Jelley & Sam Umphlett, Southwest Tech, Bennington

Cooper Niles & Aidan Forrest, Mt. Anthony Union High School

Secretary Flynn’s Video Message

In conjunction with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, the VHSA hosted the fourth student video public service announcement contest. The contest was open to high-school students and designed to encourage young drivers and their friends and peers to avoid distracted driving. Cash prizes were awarded to the creators of the winning video PSAs. The award ceremony included a special video message to the student contestants from Agency of Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn.

The goal for contest entrants was to research this important issue and produce a compelling 25-second video to enact change and spread the message to peers and the public that distracted driving is unacceptable and can have serious consequences. The VHSA hopes that videos produced by high-school students offer a relatable perspective for other young drivers. Finalists and winners were selected from the 53 entries submitted.

Awards were sponsored by AAA Northern New England, AT&T, Co-operative Insurance Companies, Midstate Dodge, Vermont Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association, Vermont Insurance Agents Association, Yankee Driving School, and the Youth Safety Council of Vermont.