We are pleased to announce the winners for the second of three essay contests for 2019. Before we announce the winners , we wanted to sincerely thank everyone that participated in the essay contest. Many of you shared very personal stories of the loss and pain experienced as a result of a motor vehicle accident. We wanted express our gratitude to you for sharing these personal experiences as difficult as it may have been to have written about them. Sharing your stories helps to educate others on the true implications of being involved in an accident and hopefully will prevent similar occurrences happening in the future. There were also many well written and researched essays which required time and effort to compose, and we wanted thank those of you who invested the time and effort to research the matter and submit an essay based on your findings.
A common theme which came up this round was “to be present” when driving. Meaning when driving to focus on the task and to be aware of the process as a whole and all that it entails –being more observant of oneself and one’s driving environment. This is definitely good advice and extends to everything we do. Being more present on and off the road can not only save lives, but also allow for experiences which are more rich and full as we are fully present in the moment to enjoy and appreciate them.
We enjoyed reading the submissions and will continue to share your stories, thoughts, and advice on what we can do to save lives and ensure the safety of all those that share our roadways.
And now to announce the winners for this contest. For most shared essay,with a whopping 9,291 shares, Azade Brown, “Operating a Vehicle”. In the essay, Azade shares her insight on what is needed to ensure safety on our roads. Thank you for sharing your story Azade, great job!
Selecting the winner for staff favorite was difficult to say the least. In the end, each staff member selected their favorite, and one essay was randomly selected from the staff favorites. It was the only way to select our favorite, as there were so many great submissions. For staff favorite, Michelina Hanlon, ‘Driving Plan”. Michelina’s essay was well thought out and had some great tips on how to avoid driver distraction. These tips advise on how to be more proactive in preventing driver distraction and the steps we can take in order to be safer on the road. These suggestions if followed can truly save lives.
Great job to the both of you and congratulations!
We say this every year, but it bears repeating. Ideally there would be no need for scholarship contests, and each and every citizen would be assured a free college education.
As you know, a high school degree does not go too far these days, and to limit one’s access to a good education and their God given potential because of a lack of resources is truly unjust when we have the means to provide otherwise. So, this is also up to you —as we go into an election year, to declare that you wish for a college education be granted as a right for all and not just an option for some. You all will soon be or are now of voting age and your views can be put into law to bring about a better future for your generation and generations to come. I do hope you will get involved in bringing about this change. Bless you all. Thanks again to all participants.