(Tuscarawas County, Ohio) – Safe Communities of Tuscarawas County announces winners in a challenge to all local high school students.
Through the support of State Farm, the agency challenged all Tuscarawas County high school students to create a public service announcement billboard to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. Students were encouraged to create their own billboard artwork using whatever media they were most comfortable with, including graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, etc.
Buckeye Career Center’s Miranda Vega and Indian Valley High School’s Hannah Katicich were recognized for designing the winning entries for the Safe Driving Billboard contest. State Farm Representatives Lisa Hoy and Lindsay Adam along with Safe Communities representatives Kelly Snyder and Nicole Dorsey visited the winners at their respective high schools to present the cash prizes. Lt. Glennon of the New Philadelphia State Highway Patrol post also attended to assist with the recognition ceremonies. Lt. Glennon spoke to the students about safe driving and the dangers of distracted driving.
Safe Communities of Tuscarawas County is a federal traffic safety grant through the Ohio Department of Public Safety and Ohio Traffic Safety Office that has been awarded to the Tuscarawas County Health Department for the third year in a row. The goal of the Safe Communities grant is to work together as a community to prevent traffic-related fatalities and injuries in Tuscarawas County by increasing traffic safety awareness.
A panel of judges from the Tuscarawas County Safe Communities Coalition selected the winning entries based on creativity, originality, and how well the importance of not driving distracted was communicated.
The winning billboards will be on display for a period of two months. Miranda Vega’s (Buckeye Career Center) design will be featured on East High Avenue near the 1300 block in New Philadelphia and Hannah Katicich’s (Indian Valley High School) design will be featured on State Route 250 near Midvale.
The students received $250.00 per winning entry, while their respective schools also received $250.00. The prize money was donated by Lisa Hoy and Lindsey Adam of State Farm. The respective schools will also receive banners of the winning entries. The billboard displays were funded through a $2,500.00 State Farm Safe Driving Grant awarded to the Safe Communities Program at the Tuscarawas County Health Department.
“According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) Motor Vehicle crashes remain the number one cause of death of teens ages 15 to 18.” Kelly Snyder, Safe Communities Coordinator said. “That’s why we feel this is such an important topic to get students to think about, hopefully, the billboards will help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving”.