KNR Announces Winner of 2018 Don’t Text & Drive ScholarshipMay 03, 2018 Community Support
The scholarship was developed as part of a commitment by KNR to combat distracted driving practices by raising awareness to the specific danger texting and driving presents while providing financial help to a deserving student. Applicants were required to develop a plan aimed at persuading young adults to avoid texting while driving. The application process was open-ended and participants were encouraged to be as creative as they’d like to convey their ideas.
After reviewing 439 entries and after much deliberation, Georgia Shay was selected as the winner and will be awarded $5,000 to be applied to tuition and other education-related expenses. Georgia is from Copley, OH, where she currently attends Copley High School and The University of Akron. Georgia was accepted into Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, where she will study Computer Engineering in the fall of 2018.
Georgia’s submission focused on the creation of an app that uses positive and negative enticements to break the dangerous habit of texting while driving. The proposed app would create a gaming environment which rewards participants with long “streaks” of no-texting trips with points and prizes, while people who do text and drive will be penalized.
According to Georgia, ”We use apps to help us with many parts of our daily lives, from our schedules to our social life to our entertainment -why not use it to fix a deadly problem, such as texting and driving?” As she astutely points out, the app culture already exists, so let’s use this to the benefit of the greater good. In the end, KNR made its selection because Georgia’s “Don’t Text and Drive App,” showed just how prevalent the practice of texting and driving is and what practical steps can be taken to effect immediate change and positively impact her community.
KNR Managing partner Rob Nestico stated, about the scholarship contest: “As lawyers who regularly work with car accidents victims, we know all too well about the dangers of distracted driving, particularly texting and driving. To help more young people understand how dangerous these behaviors can be, we wanted to create more awareness of this issue while also helping to support one student’s pursuit of higher education.”
The KNR Don’t Text & Drive Scholarship contest was such a resounding success that it will be repeated next year — giving another group of students the chance to win.
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