Geico has announced the winners of its 2012-2013 National Safety Poster and Video Contest to promote safe driving. The poster contest was open to elementary and middle grade students (grades kindergarten through 8) throughout the U.S., who were invited to create a hand-drawn or computer-generated poster featuring an original superhero.
The contest required the students to create posters promoting safe driving messages emphasizing the importance of: wearing seat belts, preventing distracted driving, driving within the speed limit, or stopping at red lights and stop signs, according to the contest FAQ page.
The video contest was open to high school students (grades 9-12), who were asked to create a short promotional video to emphasize either the dangers of distracted driving, or the importance of not driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as a Geico press release notes.
As this blog wrote about last year’s contest, quoting FenderBender.com and Geico’s FAQ page:
‘According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal traffic accidents compared to all other drivers. Not wearing seat belts, distracted driving and inexperience behind the wheel are the major contributors to teen-related crashes.’
The Geico contest’s Frequently Asked Questions page cautions young artists to heed the following rule (among many rules) when creating contest entries:
‘One thing to keep in mind: If you are including a seatbelt in your artwork, please be sure to convey proper seat-belt procedure and usage (for example, the seatbelt should be worn across the chest and across your lap — no other seatbelt usage will be accepted).’
The winners of the Safety Post Contest are (in alphabetical order):
- Kiani Alvarez-Ranan, Kapolei, Hawaii
- Joy Chen, East Brunswick, N.J.
- Paul Gellerman, Grand Forks, N.D.
- Sarah Gellerman, Grand Forks, N.D.
- Makenna Hayes, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
- Michelle Huang, Edison, N.J.
- Annette S. Kim, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Emily Kim, Clifton, Va.
- Grace Kim, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Sarah Kim, Fairfax, Va.
- Joanne Lee, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Edmond Ngai, South Plainfield, N.J.
- Jai Rhee, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Elizabeth Wang, San Antonio, Texas
- Mailani Wendt, Kapolei, Hawaii
And the winners of the video contest are:
- Cameron Haffner, Fort Myers, Fla.
- Dio Kenda, Takoma Park, Md.
- Alex Oliver, Saint Cloud, Fla.
Geico suggested that students research their projects at the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and SafeCar.gov. Each winning student received a prize of $250, and each winning poster and video is featured online at http://www.geicosafetycontest.com/ (which also displays the 2011-2012 winners).
Here is one of the winning videos, by Dio Kenda, grade 9: