EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater teacher, Dan Boisvert, whose audio/video high school students have competed in the state Department of Motor Vehicles’ annual Teen Safe Driving video contest since it began in 2008, was honored by DMV staff at the recent annual video awards celebration.
DMV staff and Travelers Insurance executives, who sponsor the contest, presented Boisvert with the DMV’s Video Contest Dedication Award.
“It’s teachers like Dan and students like the kids at ACT who really are the backbone of these public safety initiatives, as we work to engage high school kids about this important topic,” said DMV Assistant Director of Communications Ernie Bertothy. “Dan and the entire ACT school have supported the contest from Year One, and we wanted to make sure he knew how much we appreciated that. We thought it was important to honor him for his dedication to the contest and for promoting safe driving among all of our state’s teenage drivers.”
Bertothy said that only one other school had participated in the contest every year.
“But Dan is the one teacher who’s been connected to the contest consistently each year since it began,” Bertothy said.
The contest has grown over the years, Bertothy said. This year, 36 different high schools submitted 211 videos to the DMV contest – a record-breaker.
“The competition is getting fierce, so it’s a little harder each year to break through. Between 30 and 40 panelists judge the videos, and when he’s available, the governor joins us, too,” Bertothy said.
“ACT students always create very unique, entertaining videos that just show fantastic creativity, win or lose,” he added. “You know you’re getting a quality video when ACT is participating in the contest.”
Boisvert has been ACT’s audio/video (A/V) coordinator since 2008, and has taught A/V classes at ACT since 2011.
ACT, which is administered by EASTCONN, is a four-year, arts magnet high school, located in the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Willimantic. Visit www.eastconn.org/ACT to learn more. EASTCONN is a public, non-profit, Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980.