Thank you to everyone who participated in the first of the three scholarship contests for the year 2023. We are grateful to everyone who took the time to write, research, and share intimate stories about driver education’s importance. 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. We applaud you for taking the issue seriously enough to educate others about it.
The quality of the submissions this year was as great as ever, making our task of selecting a winner 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, ” To Drive Safely Follow These Daily” by Mousab Haj Ahmoudi. Great Job Mousab!
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 two winners, Jon Pickel “When Skin Meets Asphalt” and Lily Bastin “Road Rage at No Age”.
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 also have a few honorable mentions, awarded a prize of three hundred and fifty dollars. These are the second most shared essay with 697 votes, “The Paramount Importance of Safe Driving” by Adeeb Baig, “Preventing and Outcome” by Tobenna Meshek Okezie, and “Distracted Driving: The Silent Killer” by Gabriella Barraza.
We say this every year, but it bears repeating. Ideally, there would be no need for scholarship contests, 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 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.