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Thank you to everyone who participated in the third of the three scholarship contests for the year 2022. We are grateful to everyone that took the time to write, research, and share intimate stories relating to the importance of driver education. Some of the essays dealt with being involved in a motor vehicle accident and dealing with the tragic aftermath. Some of the stories, sadly, even deal with the loss of life due to a motor vehicle crash. Sharing your story could potentially save a life by introducing how grave the consequences of driver distraction can be, and we applaud you for taking the issue seriously enough to educate others about it.

The quality of the submissions this year was great as ever.  Which makes our task of selecting a winner so much more difficult. We truly wish we could award every participant for their efforts. There were so many well-written and researched papers dealing with the importance of driver education.

We truly 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 round.

For the most shared essay, we chose 2 winners, as the difference between the 2 for first place was only 10 votes. It was such a close race we had to award both for all their efforts in promoting the importance of driver education.  With a whopping 2496 and 2486 votes respectively, Talia Marie Rodriguez, “The Difference Between Life and Death”

2022 Driver Education Round 3 – The Difference Between life and Death


And Catalina Collazos,” Positive Teen Influence: A Possible Solution”

2022 Driver Education Round 3 – Positive Teen Influence: A Possible Solution


Selecting the winner for staff favorite was difficult, as it always is. Each staff member selected their favorite, and the winning 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 favorites, we chose 2 winners, Grace Truman, “How Driver’s Ed Saved My Life”

2022 Driver Education Round 3 – Drivers Ed: How It Saved My Life

And Tamar D’aisha Etienne, “Anne Heche: What We Can Learn From Her”

2022 Driver Education Round 3 – Anne Heche: What We Can Learn From Her

Thank you both for all your efforts in promoting the importance of driver education and for sharing your personal stories. Great job 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,  to declare that you wish for a college education to 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.