Bridgestone Americas Announces Grand Prize Winners in the Teens Drive Smart
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 5, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --For three students, college
just got a little cheaper, thanks to their winning video submissions in the
Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Video Contest.
Nicole Ricketts of Anaheim, Calif., received the top prize – a $25,000 college
scholarship, for her winning video, "Driving is Beautiful." University of
Pittsburgh sophomore Tosh Chambers won second place and a $15,000 scholarship
for his video, "Technically Almost Legal," and Natalie Barrios took the third
spot and a $10,000 scholarship for her video, "Safe Driver." Martha Levytsky
of Bronxville, N.Y., was given a Critic's Choice award and a $2,500 cash prize
for the video she produced, "Times Not to Text."
This year's winning videos competed with more than 1,800 submissions from
16-21 year olds across the United States to become one of the top 10
finalists. Nearly 8,000 votes helped determine the top three videos and
Bridgestone judges then ranked the winners. The three winning videos, along
with the other top 10 finalists, can all be viewed at www.teensdrivesmart.com.
"After seven years of holding this contest, I'm encouraged that we continue to
receive such creative videos from passionate young adults who take an interest
in making our roads safer," said Angela Patterson, Manager, Teens Drive Smart
Program, Bridgestone Americas. "Ultimately, our goal is to help teens make the
right choice behind the wheel, but we know that message is communicated much
more effectively when it comes from a peer."
In addition to receiving a college scholarship and a free set of
Bridgestone-brand tires, the three winners have the chance to have their video
broadcast as a public service announcement (PSA) on television stations across
the United States.
About the winners:
First Place: Nicole Ricketts is a rising junior at Hope International
University in Anaheim, Calif., where she is studying business administration.
Her video, "Driving is Beautiful," aims to show the blessings, the beauty, the
adventure and the fun that teen driving can be, while emphasizing the
responsibility drivers have to preserve that beauty. Behind the wheel, drivers
have a choice to respect the law and avoid reckless and irresponsible
behavior. Driving is a gift, one that shouldn't be taken for granted.
Accidents may be inevitable, but the best way teens can be safe is to be
Second place: Tosh Chambers is a rising sophomore at the University of
Pittsburgh, where he is planning to major in film. His video, "Technically
Almost Legal," shows multiple distractions in the car that should be avoided
for safety purposes, even though not all of them are illegal. Chambers was
inspired by recent laws on texting and driving and wanted to highlight other
activities that are equally as dangerous but have not received the same
Third Place place: Natalie Barrios is a rising senior at Florida Gulf Coast
University in Fort Myers, Fla., where she is studying English. Her video,
"Safe Driver," is a spoof on infomercials, advertising the ultimate safe
driving companion. It showcases the special features and versions of the "Safe
Driver" product while explaining the danger of distractions that teens face
behind the wheel every day. She was inspired by the number of accidents that
occur because of distracted driving.
Critic's Choice: Martha Levytsky is a rising senior at Sarah Lawrence College
in New York, where she is studying film making. "Times Not to Text" gives a
comedic look at the absurdity of texting while driving. As humorous as it
seems to text while mid-surgery, Levytsky's video shows that texting while
driving needs to be treated in the same, if not greater, respect.
About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:
Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S.
subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world's largest tire and rubber
company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide
range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs
of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial
vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural,
forestry and mining industries. The companies are also engaged in retreading
operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing
materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies
also operates the world's largest chain of automotive tire and service
centers. Guided by its One Team, One Planet message, the company is dedicated
to achieving a positive environmental impact in all of the communities it
SOURCE Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
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