WASHINGTON– Today, CTIA Wireless Foundation™ announced William Schwartz, 17, of Masonville, New York as a runner-up of its second annual “Drive Smart: No Distractions, No Excuses” teen digital short contest, which included a $1,000 scholarship.
Through a partnership with By Kids For Kids, CTIA Wireless Foundation created the Drive Smart campaign to inspire teens to create compelling digital shorts to discourage their peers (and adults) from distracted driving. Schwartz’s digital short was chosen from hundreds of digital short submissions from students across the country.
“Distracted driving is a dangerous and deadly habit on America’s roadways, which is why the Department of Transportation has made it a priority to encourage people to stay focused behind the wheel,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx. “I congratulate the finalists, and am confident that this type of work will play an important role in raising awareness that staying focused is the only way to stay safe on the road.”
“I believe that this short film will empower teenagers because it will show that they are capable of making the right choice not to text and drive,” Schwartz said.
“The wireless industry is committed to educating consumers about driver safety and distracted driving. I’m proud of the Foundation’s Drive Smart program that helps engage teenagers and provides a platform for young drivers to show their peers why driver safety is the number one priority when driving,” said Meredith Attwell Baker, President of CTIA Wireless Foundation and President and CEO of CTIA.
Claire Offenberger of Irvine, California, was the grand prize winner and awarded a $5,000 scholarship. A fellow runner-up, Kristen Mittler of Washington, Missouri, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship and three semifinalists each won $500 scholarships: Charles Taylor of Cincinnati, Ohio; Jeron Kreamer of Middleburg, Pennsylvania; and Dana Berejka of Mercer Island, Washington.
The grand prize winner, runner-ups and semifinalists were chosen by five senior executives from the wireless, automotive and advertising industries. Entries were evaluated based on creativity, communicative effectiveness and potential impact on teens.
To learn more about the Drive Smart: No Distractions, No Excuses campaign and watch the digital shorts, visit http://drivesmartnow.com/.
About CTIA Wireless Foundation
CTIA Wireless Foundation (www.wirelessfoundation.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to developing and supporting initiatives that use wireless technology to help American communities. Its innovative programs benefit consumers in areas including education, health, safety and the environment. The Foundation was formed by CTIA® member companies in 1991.
CTIA Wireless Foundation: Amy Storey, [email protected], 202-736-3207
About By Kids For Kids
By Kids for Kids® (BKFK®) is an agency that empowers youth invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. BKFK provides a unique platform for kids and teens to develop and showcase their ideas, inventions, and entrepreneurship. The company provides free educational resources, including curricula and challenges that promote social change, product innovation, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Learn more: www.bkfk.com.
BKFK: Judy Klym, [email protected], 203-921-9039