Create Real Impact Contest

Reckless and Distracted Driving is the #1 Killer of Teens in America

Time to get creative and speak out about the #1 killer of young people! Create Real Impact Contest calls on students, ages 14-22, to showcase their solutions and strategies to stop the #1 killer of young people–reckless and distracted driving. Students submit one entry into one of the four categories: creative writing, video, graphic design, or music. We have individual grand-prize winners in each category and four prizes that go to the entrants with the most online votes.

In addition to the individual winners, we have another exciting category for teachers and advisors: a distracted driving social media campaign. This is an opportunity for high school teachers and advisors, to oversee student leaders’ efforts in implementing a social media campaign around distracted driving. Review the rules, fill out the online application, start the planning, and create a short video to showcase your campaign (projects can be developed through distance learning or in-person).

graphic about teen art contest about distracted driving

Fall 2021 Contest Dates:

Contest Opens: Monday, August 2nd at 8:00 a.m. PT
Contest Closes: Wednesday, November 3rd at 2:00 p.m. PT
Teacher Application Due: Monday, October 11th at 2:00 p.m. PT
Winners Announced: Week of November 15th


Enjoy this example from a previous contest


Congratulations to the Spring 2021 Contest Winners:

Grand Prize for Video

Domino Effect

Guohang(Henry) Z

Grand Prize for Graphic Design

Drive Safe Not Distracted

Estefania D

Honorable Mention for Video

It's Not a Game

Mikela P

Runner Up for Graphic Design

Teens Supporting Teens

Claire M

Bonus Points Winner for Writing

All For a Text

Lucas C

A little ping

Just a quick glance

How little in significance

Only a second

What’s the risk

He looks real fast

Looks back up and all goes blank

Sirens wail

And screams sound off

Lives are gone

How senseless the loss

If only he had waited

Families are fractured

Death is a hatchet that divides

And pain will surely fester

Loved ones never say goodbye

Children’s songs do not survive

Now tell me – was it worth it

He read his text

Life will go on

And he escapes death’s ghastly jaws

It surely was a close one and he will live

But will it be a curse

It was just a quick glance

Only a second

Couldn’t he have waited

But in the end

Tears and blood flow in harmony

Full recovery never materializes

It wasn’t a dream

His trepidations are all confirmed

Blood is on his hands

And all just for a text

Put the food in the back

Makeup away

Phone on silent

A text can wait

Eyes on the road

Bonus Points Winner for Video

Domino Effect

Guohang(Henry) Z

School Winners for School

Our Lady of Lourdes Academy

Grand Prize for Music

R.P.M (Ready, Pay Attention, Minimize)

Isaiah C

Grand Prize for Writing

Rewind from Impact

Abigail (Preferred name: Alexander) V

Impact

noun

The action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another.

 

A man rides his bike down the street, ready to provide for his family. 

To the store he goes, cars passing by he counts them and thinks “Two blue buggies, a yellow, and a pink. Wait till my daughter hears about this!” 

The man smiles to himself as he peddles, he comes to a crossing.

 

Impact 

noun

The striking of one thing against another; forceful contact; collision.

 

A man drives speaking on the phone, “I love you, goodbye” he says, missing the sign, the line then dies. 

 

Impact 

noun

Have a strong effect on someone or something.

 

Two men lie on a gravel road. 

Knock, knock, knock, comes a rapping on the door.

Two police officers, two different front doors. 

Two families impacted for life, wishing they could rewind. 

 

Rewind, like a movie, bike and car moving backwards in slow motion, able to see what was missed. 

 

Impact 

noun

Synonyms: Change, alter, modify, transform, determine. 

 

A man rides his bike down the street, ready to provide for his family. 

To the store he goes, cars passing by he counts them and thinks “ two blue buggies, a yellow, and a pink. Wait till my daughter hears about this.” 

The man smiles to himself as he peddles, he comes to a crossing, he sees a car, he waves thank you as he passes. 

 

Impact 

noun

Synonyms:  Have an effect, make an impression, act.

 

A man drives, ring, ring, ring, his phone sounds. 

He makes a change, ignoring temptation, he may not realize but his actions determine his fate, he and the pedestrian are safe.

 

Impact

noun

Synonyms: have an influence.

 

A man and his son, newly fifteen, drive down the street.

Ring, ring, ring, the son’s phone sounds, he reaches for it.

“Keep your hands on the wheel, don’t pick it up, you must watch the road” 

The son nods to his father, a smile on his face, as a man on a bike passes and waves. 

 

Spanish Judges Pick for Video

Adios Carro

Andres M

Honorable Mention for Video

How to Drive Safe

Justin David D

Runner Up for Music

Put Down The Phone

Celine C

Bonus Points Winner for Graphic Design

The Stoplight Method

Rebecca L

School Winners for School

Johansen High School