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ACT’s Safe Driving Video Wins Fifth Place in DMV Contest

EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) arts magnet high school students have taken Fifth Place in the eighth annual DMV-Travelers Teen Safe Driving Video Contest. 

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman congratulated ACT students at a recent awards ceremony for the DMV contest’s Top 5 prize-winners. The celebration, held at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, was attended by about 75 people, including DMV Deputy Commissioner Judeen Wrinn, hospital administrators and other teen-safety advocates. 

“We were thrilled to learn that ACT Audio-Video students had been honored for the eighth year in a row in the statewide DMV video contest,” said ACT Principal Sarah Mallory. “This contest not only offers our students an artistic challenge each year, it also gives them a chance to perform an important public service whose impact is felt statewide. We’re proud of their accomplishments.”

The goal of the DMV’s annual contest is to generate public service videos — made by teens for their peers — that persuade new, young drivers to follow the law, avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. The DMV, Travelers and other Connecticut organizations, businesses and government agencies will use the videos in outreach programs and initiatives.

  “You are the leaders,” Wyman said to students during the Hartford ceremony. “The young kids look up to you … your videos are talking to the next generation of drivers. One of your videos may save someone’s life someday.” Wyman told the young filmmakers that their public service videos were particularly powerful because they offered peer-to-peer messages about safe driving. 

“Getting the message of safe driving to our youngest and most inexperienced drivers is critical to keeping them safe behind the wheel,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a press release. 

This year, a total of 300 Connecticut high school students working in 89 student teams,  representing 18 schools, submitted public service videos to the DMV contest. Visit ACT’s Home page at www.eastconn.org/act to find a link to the winning videos.

ACT is the only high school in the state whose student videos have placed among the DMV contest’s Top 10 finalists since the contest began in 2008. This year, ACT had three videos in the Top 10, and one went on to claim fifth place overall. 

Five statewide winners were chosen from among the contest’s Top 10 finalists: Weston High School, first place; William H. Hall High School in West Hartford, second place; Daniel Hand High School in Madison, third and fourth place; and ACT, fifth place. An ACT video was also among four finalists in the Multicultural Award category. 

Contact ACT Principal Sarah Mallory at smallory@eastconn.org.  

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