Safety Scholars

Video contest winners earn cash for college

By Larry Jewett - August 03, 2011 12:26 PM


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Three college students now have some additional tuition money, thanks to their winning video submissions in the Bridgestone Americas Safety Scholars Contest.

Amber Cullen of Akron, Ohio, took home the $10,000 grand prize for her video, “The Phone Bandit.” Robert Mai of Newport Beach, Calif. and Everett, Wash. native Matthew Robertson won second and third place, respectively, for their videos; they each received $5,000 in the national safe driving competition, now in its fifth year.

The three winning videos beat out almost 1,500 other entries from 16-21 year-olds across the United States and Canada.

Amber Cullen is beginning her sophomore year at Bowling Green State University, where she is studying film production.  Her video, “The Phone Bandit,” takes a humorous approach to texting behind the wheel.  Her “super hero” runs through the streets stopping people from texting while they’re driving.

Robert Mai of Newport Beach, Calif., won second place.  Robert is beginning his freshman year at Chapman University in Orange County.  His video, “The Year of Driving Dangerously,” used over-the-top distractions as a way to demonstrate there are plenty of things that can take your attention away from the road.

Matthew Robertson of Everett, Wash., took third place with his video “The Law Encouragement Officer.”  He will attend Biola University to study film production.  His fictitious “law encouragement officer” stopped drivers for obeying traffic safety laws, but with the purpose of encouraging them to keep it up.