Edinboro, PA (November 21, 2017) — Four General McLane High School students were honored for their achievements in a safe teen driving contest, with one winning one of the top student prizes.
Sponsored by Erie Insurance and facilitated through Hamilton Insurance Agency, Join the Shift is a safe teen driving program that uses fun, interactive activities to help teens learn about and spread the safe driving message. Students participate in point-earning activities that include creating safe driving videos, taking a safe driver pledge and sharing content on social media. Students can also earn points by referring friends to sign up during the eight-week contest.
More than 4,000 students from 42 schools across 10 states participated in this annual contest.
The top three students and schools earn cash prizes. In addition, there is a $1,000 schoolwide prize for best video.
Junior Haley Andrzejewski was named the “Best Video” prize winner of the overall contest, earning herself a $1,000 prize. Her video was selected by a panel of judges at Erie Insurance and will be featured on JoinTheShift.org for the next year as well.
“I believe what set Haley’s final product apart from others was all the pre-production work she had done before production,” said General McLane High School Media Arts teacher Tyler Stuyvesant. “Haley has the ability to envision her final product before she begins. She drew detailed story-boards, was prepared, took the contest seriously and delivered a powerful message to her target audience. I was impressed by her work ethic throughout fall quarter, she’s a great student and well-deserving of this prize.”
Hamilton Insurance Agency, a local Insurance Agency representing Erie Insurance in Edinboro, also recognized the top three winners from General McLane, based on points. These students are Aimee Campbell, Ben Howe-Jones and Ben Lipinski. They each received gift cards.
Students created videos in their Media Arts class, a new elective that provides high school students with industry-standard skills in both traditional and new media. According to Stuyvesant, creating public service announcements, like ones created for this contest, are an important part of any communication curriculum.
“It’s a great message that students can be engaged with and can share with the student body and it’s a great opportunity for students to develop their digital communication skills. Anytime we can mix a bit of competition into the classroom, a new level of excitement becomes part of the educational experience,” he said. “I’m thankful for companies like Erie Insurance and Hamilton Insurance Agency for helping support our youth and creating worthwhile competitions like this.”
Georgiann “Turk” Hamilton and Lauren Pusch, of Hamilton Insurance Agency, and Lisa Rodgers, Erie Insurance District Sales Manager, presented the check and gift cards to General McLane students on Monday.