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Thank you to everyone who participated in the last of the three scholarship contests for the year. 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 stories, sadly, even dealing with 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.

A common theme which came up again 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 round. 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, Lily Sewell, “Driver’s Education”.  Lily’s essay dealt with the subject of why driver education should be taught in schools. We agree with Lilly’s asservation that driver education should be reintroduced in the school environment and that more funding should be allocated to driver education in schools so that all can have equal access to good driver education and training.

For most shared essay,   Jenna Abrams,  with a wopping 22,087 votes, “ In The Driver’s Seat“. In the essay, Jenna provides valuable tips on how to be a safer driver.

Geat 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,  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.