Arts at the Capital Theater takes teen safe driving video award

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Willimantic - posted Tue., Apr. 9, 2013
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A scene from the video submitted by ACT students Tyler Liam Mainville (student director), Patrick Blair, Kelsi Johansen, Kevin Kissane and Dimitris Sfakios, focused on a rap motif. To view the winning video, go to this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpqqi0P1QNs&list=PLsG9MrYAhVRQqAfBCeYDys5FSMWpJpSRh&index=10. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The top ranking winners in the DMV annual teen safe driving contest were announced on April 2, with Willimantic's Arts at the Capitol Theater taking first place. ACT also achieved the distinction of being the only school to rank in the top 10 for the five consecutive years the contest has run.

Highway safety advocates, state and other officials honored teens from across Connecticut at an awards ceremony for their work to promote safe driving during the fifth annual Department of Motor Vehicles’ teen safe driving video contest, "From the Driver’s Seat to the Director’s Chair." The theme for this year’s contest was “Teen Safe Driving – Are You In?”

The first-place video, submitted by ACT students Tyler Liam Mainville (student director), Patrick Blair, Kelsi Johansen, Kevin Kissane and Dimitris Sfakios, focused on a rap motif. To view the winning video, go to this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpqqi0P1QNs&list=PLsG9MrYAhVRQqAfBCeYDys5....

This year’s other winners were: Second Place – Daniel Hand High School in Madison; Third, Fourth and Fifth Places – Hall High School in West Hartford. The winning schools will share in a $15,000 cash prize provided by Travelers, which hosted the awards ceremony at its Claim U facility in Windsor. Travelers also donated prizes and gifts to the students and high schools of the top 10 videos.

There were 128 student-team submissions that involved a total of 478 students statewide, representing 32 high schools. “We are proud of these top-winning students and proud of the nearly 500 students who participated in the contest this year, as each of them created an important safety message while doing these videos," said DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey.

Arts at the Capitol Theater will receive $5,000 for first place, Daniel Hand High School will receive $4,000 for second place and Hall High School in West Hartford will receive $3,000 for third place, $2,000 for fourth place, and $1,000 for fifth.

The contest theme was designed by five teen advisors to DMV last summer, according to a press release. They volunteered to help make the contest, which has run annually since 2009, more appealing to other teens across the state. Teen advisors working on the project for DMV were Juhi Gupta of Rocky Hill, Michael Brainerd of East Haven, Luke Edwards of Madison, Daniyal Khan of Berlin and Patrick Kudej of Norwich. They also are members of DMV's Commissioner's Advisory Committee on Teen Safe Driving.

Links to other top-winning videos, including all top-10 finalists, can be found here: http://www.ct.gov/teendriving/cwp/view.asp?Q=522236&A=3409.


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