Willimantic CT, June 1, 2018 - EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school students have placed among the top 6 finalists, and received an award for best use of humor, in the tenth annual DMV-Travelers Teen Safe Driving Video Contest.
The 2018 contest theme was "Teen Safe Driver: Could This Be You? Every Second Matters." The goal of the annual contest is to create public service videos that persuade teen drivers to avoid distracted driving and other unsafe behaviors behind the wheel.
“As summer approaches, instances of teen driving crashes increase,” Governor Dannel P. Malloy said in a press release. “While the state’s teen safe driving laws have been largely effective, it is imperative that we continue to educate young drivers of the perils of distracted driving.”
“Making the videos gives students and schools the first-hand experience of understanding the laws by showing how dangers occur and how to prevent crashes,” said DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra.
This year, more than 400 students from nearly 25 Connecticut schools participated in the contest, submitting more than 170 videos, according to DMV officials.
ACT’s winning student video team included seniors Grace Ellis, Norwich; Elizabeth Halbert, Willimantic; Levi Cote, Mansfield; and Brody Griswold, Woodstock.
“This is the tenth year we have entered the contest and this recognition adds to our many DMV awards,” said ACT Media Technology Teacher Dan Boisvert. “I think it is important that the DMV and Travelers keep our students aware of the teen driving laws, but this contest also gives them the opportunities to create peer-to-peer messages and connections that remind young drivers to make better choices when they are behind the wheel.”
Three winners were chosen from among the DMV contest’s top 6 finalists: Weston High School, first place ($6,000); Middletown High School, second place ($5,000); and Weston High School, third place ($4,000). A prize of $1,000, underwritten by Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, was awarded to Middletown High School for showing the best multicultural message. ACT received $750 for the Best Use of Humor Award.
The contest’s co-sponsor, Travelers, provides the cash prizes and gifts to students and schools receiving awards.
All Connecticut high school students are invited to submit student-made videos to the DMV contest for consideration each fall. They are judged by state officials, Travelers insurance executives, students and other teen driving-safety advocates, who rank the videos based on overall impact, originality and cinematic style.
All winning videos and past winners can be viewed at http://ct.gov/dmv/contestvideos.
To learn more about EASTCONN’s ACT arts magnet high school, which is recruiting students for 2018-2019, visit www.eastconn.org/act, or call 860-465-5636, x1.