National Contest Awards Cash Prizes to Promote Safe Teen Driving

National Contest Awards Cash Prizes to Promote Safe Teen Driving

Washington, DC (May 6, 2019) – End Distracted Driving ( and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) are excited to announce the winners of the 2019 Video and Meme Contest, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted.” The inspiring numbers of entries and their powerful messages have proven that today’s youth truly have the power and desire to keep their friends safe through speaking up and creating positive peer pressure.

“Distracted Driving is a problem for all generations. But I’m convinced that the young will lead the way in changing how all of us think about distracted driving,” said Founder Joel Feldman. “Thank you to all the SADD students for their creative entries.”

“Our network of SADD chapters were honored to take part in this contest and to use their creative energy to be a part of the necessary change needed in their schools and communities,” said Rick Birt, SADD President and CEO. “We are thankful to End Distracted Driving and The Lear Corporation for their continued partnership, giving us the ability to offer such an incredible opportunity to SADD students.”

The first, second, and third place winners for the video category are as follows:

First Place: "Heads Up," created by Lucas Kosmynka, a senior at Mattituck High School, New York. He is awarded $5,000 and $500 donated to a charity of his choice.

Second Place: "Crashing Memories," created by Carrie Elaine and Kayla Battles, sophomores at Dothan High School, Alabama. They are awarded $2,500.

Third Place: "Personal Experience,” created by Hayden Snow, a sophomore at CIVA Charter High School, Colorado. He is awarded $1,000.

The winners in the Meme/GIF category are as follows:

First Place High School: Katy Kinker, a sophomore at North Decatur High School, Indiana. She is awarded $2,500 and $500 donated to a charity of her choice.

Second Place High School: Molli Hurly, a junior at Greensburg Community high School, Indiana. She is awarded $1,000.

Third Place High School: Nate David, a senior at Riverside High School, Virginia. He is awarded $500.

First Place Middle School: Noah, Jake and Eli, 7th graders at Prescott Middle School, Tennessee. They are awarded $250.

First Place Elementary School: Rylee, a 2nd grader in Lee County, Georgia. She is awarded $100. created the video and meme contest in partnership with the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and Anapol Weiss. Winning meme’s and videos can be viewed at

About SADD
For almost 40 years, SADD, the nation’s premier youth health and safety organization has worked to empower teens, engage parents, mobilize communities, and change lives around the issues of traffic safety, substance abuse, and personal health and safety. Through a national network of peer-led chapters in middle schools, high schools and colleges, SADD equips our students with the resources they need to advocate for change on their campuses and in their communities. Join the movement by visiting, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

About End Distracted Driving
End Distracted Driving ( aims to preserve life and promote safety on a large scale through advocacy, education, and action. arranges speakers to visit schools, community groups and the workplace to talk about the dangers of distracted driving and steps to improve driver safety. Visit for more information.

Written By: jkettner