Thank you to everyone who participated in the second 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.
Due to the new word limit requirments for this round, we had much fewer submissions, but the quality of the submisisons this year has been the best is has ever been. Which makes our task of selecting a winner so much more difficult. We truly wish we could award every participant for thier efforts. There were so many well written and researched papers dealing with the importance for dirver 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. Selecting the winner for staff favorite was difficult to say the least and we ended up awarding two winners. Each staff member selected their favorite, and two essays were 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, Avery Barwegen “Three Seconds”.
Avery’s essay was a very compelling and engaging story of how important it is to stay focussed while driving and how even a momentary lapse of attention, even mere seconds, can have devastating consequences.
The second staff favorite goes to Nicolas Collins, “Safety Takes Only Takes a Few Seconds”. Nicolas’s essay also highlighted how the smallest safety measures, such as putting on a seatbelt and putting away the phone, which takes only seconds, can truly save lives, and can be the difference between life and death.
For most shared essay, Arianna Sihota, “Your Responsibilities in the Driver’s Seat”.
Arianna’s essay was a very insightful and informatinve essay dealing with the importance of dirver education. Arianna also volunteers her time to raise awareness about the serious responsiblities being a driver entails.
Geat 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 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.