TMA Bucks is pleased to announce that William Tennent High School in Warminster has once again been voted the winner of this year’s Teen Driver Video PSA Challenge powered by Comcast!
William Tennent was voted the winner over nine other Bucks County high schools by teen writers from the Reality staff of the Bucks County Courier Times & The Intelligencer for this video:
Tennent, which was voted the winner for the second straight school year, also won the contest in 2015.
The winning video was put together by students Mina Abdulkareem and Maryna Nazaruk from Dina McCaffery’s media production class.
“Each year when I introduce the TMA Bucks Teen Driver Video PSA Challenge, I share the story with my students of my high school friend who was killed by a drunk driver when we were just 16 years old,” explained McCaffery. “I think it resonated with my students. Mina and Maryana are good friends and they thought about how something so awful would affect their lives, and they took it from there. “I am so proud that this is the third time we are winning the PSA contest. I never would have thought we’d win two years in a row. There were some really powerful PSAs this year. Distracted driving is something that impacts everyone, and as a parent and a teacher, I hope messages such as the ones conveyed in these PSAs really make a difference.”
Abdulkareem and Nazaruk are both seniors at Tennent.
“Our main inspiration was the thought of losing each other to something that could be so easily prevented,” said Nazaruk. “We hope to bring awareness to the issue of distracted driving and make a difference.”
William Tennent High School’s media production department will receive a $500 cash grant and their video will play on Comcast.
“Year after year we continue to be amazed by the creativity these students are implementing to deliver such important and positive messages to their peers about teen driver safety,” said TMA Bucks acting executive director Steve Noll. “This was a very challenging year weather wise and to see 10 schools submit videos, matching the most ever, proves how dedicated our students in Bucks County are in wanting to make a difference. TMA Bucks thanks Comcast and the Bucks County Courier Times and Intelligencer for continuing to partner with us on this important initiative.”
Other schools that submitted videos were: Bensalem High School, Central Bucks High School South, Conwell Egan Catholic, Council Rock High School North, New Hope-Solebury High School, Pennridge High School, Pennsbury High School, Truman High School and Villa Joseph Marie High School. Those videos can be viewed HERE.
As part of the annual Bucks County High School Seatbelt Safety Challenge all participating high schools have the opportunity to produce and submit a 30-second video PSA on teen driver safety.
Winners for the Seatbelt Challenge will be announced at a later date.
“The TMA Bucks Teen Driver Safety Video PSA Challenge year after year is a creative and educational opportunity for our Bucks County high school students to work together, have fun and deliver positive messaging to their peers,” said Brian Jeter, Comcast’s director of government affairs. “Comcast sees the Video PSA Challenge as an innovative way for students to implement technology along with using social media to potentially save lives. Comcast continues to be proud supporters of TMA Bucks and this important initiative throughout Bucks County.”