Nashville, Tennessee – Three teenagers have had their videos selected as the grand prize winners of the third annual Safety Scholars video contest, sponsored by Bridgestone Firestone.
The contest was open to young drivers 16 to 21 years old, who had to create short videos about auto safety and, new for this year, how to be more environmentally conscious when using a vehicle.
The winners were Christopher Baugh of Glen Allen, Virginia, who created a humorous piece reminiscent of a hip-hop music video, but with the rapper focusing on safety tips such as buckling seat belts; Eric Dachman of Scottsdale, Arizona, who warned of texting while driving; and Juliana Hinojosa of San Antonio, Texas, whose video was inspired by her 22-year-old brother Ryan, who was killed by a drunk driver. Each receives a US$5,000 college scholarship and a set of Bridgestone or Firestone tires. The videos may be used as part of a national public service announcement campaign.
A team of judges narrowed down more than 800 videos to select the top ten finalists for online judging. The videos can be viewed at Safety Scholars.