Laura Galindo of Fairfield received a plaque and a $300 prize for her poster illustrating a distracted driving theme, in the 9th through 12th grade category.
Contest topics varied by grade level and included seatbelt and booster seat use, school bus and bike safety, and distracted and impaired driving awareness. Videos and artwork of finalists can be viewed by clicking on this AAA safety matters website.
Other first-place winners included a fourth-grade pupil from Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, a 6th-grader from Nathan Mills Middle School in Norwalk and an 11th-grade student from the Information Technology and Software Engineering High School in Bridgeport. See their winning posters and videos by clicking here and then clicking the "View Photo Gallery" tab at the top of this web page.
More than 500 students in Fairfield, New Haven, and Litchfield counties participated in the four-state contest, which AAA Northeast conducts annually to generate a greater awareness of safe traffic practices among elementary and high school students.
Second- and third-place category winners included Darius Daniel and Taylor Jenson, respectively, both juniors at Platt Technical High School in Milford. They won for their posters, also illustrating distracted driving themes. They both received plaques and $200 and $100 checks, respectively.
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