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Decide to Drive Student Contest

Students in grades 9–12 can team up to create engaging magazines and enter them in the Decide to Drive Student Contest for a chance to win cash prizes for themselves and technology for their teacher advisor.

Student teams can win:

  • $1,000 per First Place team member
  • $500 per Second Place team member
  • $250 per Third Place team member

The teacher advisor named on each winning team's submission will win:

  • A tablet computer (up to a value of $750)


Step 1: Choose Your Team
Create a team of three or four students to create a four-page distracted-driving awareness and prevention magazine.

Step 2: Research Your Topic, Complete the Survey, Draft Your Articles, Design Your Magazine
Review the magazine guidelines below and divide the work. Decide who will research which topics, who will conduct the survey, who will draft which articles, and who will design the magazine. For magazine content and design tips, students can review Worksheet C. Students who have completed this unit in their classroom will have already completed these tasks. Each magazine must contain:

  1. A brief informative or explanatory essay that introduces the topic of distracted driving: Students should thoughtfully organize ideas to illustrate relationships between concepts, employ logical transitions to link sections of text, incorporate relevant facts and definitions, and provide a conclusion that articulates the significance of the topic. For links to data about distracted driving, students can refer to the Fast Facts on the Program Overview page.
  2. A persuasive essay that underscores the importance of educating others about the dangers of distracted driving: Students should make sure they clearly define their claim as well as address counterclaims, provide relevant evidence, establish the relationships between claims, evidence, reasons, and counterclaims, and include a conclusion section that supports the argument presented. For background on persuasive essays, students can refer to Lesson 1 and Worksheet A.
  3. The results of a distracted driving survey summarized in an essay: After completing the survey outlined in Lesson 3, students should summarize the results in an essay that thoughtfully organizes their findings, incorporates any necessary definitions to aid reader comprehension, and summarizes their findings in a conclusion paragraph that articulates the significance of their survey.
  4. One or two charts that depict survey data and findings: For background on creating charts, students can refer to Lesson 2 and Worksheet B.
  5. Distracted-driving advocacy tips
    NOTE: Teams should avoid vulgar, gory, or inappropriate content. Students should also avoid reenacting distracted driving scenarios. The images should not include trademarked, copyrighted, or otherwise branded products (including the images of car brands), logos, artwork, photographs, and/or other material(s). Depending on the nature of the art and images included in the magazine, student teams may be asked to submit additional waivers that give express permission to use photographs, names, and/or other material(s) in the magazine.

Step 3: Create a PDF of Your Magazine and Submit It by Email
Once your magazine is complete, make sure you read over it to look for typos, missing text, missing images, or missing chart captions and labels. When you are happy with the final version, save it as a PDF, attach it to an email and submit it in an email to DecidetoDrive@aaos.org. You must also attach a team photo. The body of the email must contain:

  • Team member names and grades
  • Teacher's name
  • School name
  • Teacher's phone number
  • Teacher's email address 

JUDGING: All entries will be judged on magazine design (25%), accuracy of distracted driver statistics and information (25%), persuasiveness of magazine content (25%), grammar and spelling (25%). Students can receive extra points for distributing their magazines through social media (20 extra points).

DEADLINE: All entries must be received by November 22, 2013

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO STUDENTS IN GRADES 9-12 WHO ATTEND PUBLIC OR ACCREDITED PRIVATE SCHOOLS OR HOME SCHOOLS IN UNITED STATES (ONE OF THE 50 STATES OR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA). VOID WHERE RESTRICTED OR PROHIBITED. Students will enter as part of a three or four student team. Teachers who teach grades 9, 10, 11, or 12, are legal residents of the United States (one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia), 18 years of age or older, who work at the school where the student teams attend, are eligible to advise the teams and submit entries on their students' behalf. A team must have a teacher advisor. To enter, teams will create a four-page distracted-driving magazine. One First Place Team will win $1,000 per student, one Second Place Team will win $500 per student, one Third Place Team will win $250 per student, and three designated teacher advisors—one per winning team—will win a tablet computer, valued up to $750. (ARV of total prizes $9,500). Contest begins 8/28/13 and ends 11/22/13. Click here for full Official Rules and to see more details.

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