Hello, everyone! My name is Sparsh Shah (a.k.a. “Purhythm”), and I’m a 17-year-old singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, inspirational speaker, philanthropist, and high school senior from New Jersey! I also have Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), which is a rare, incurable, genetic disorder that makes a person’s bones extremely fragile. Because of this condition, I’ve never been able to stand or walk, and I’ve also had over 140 fractures and various surgeries, which have given me 19 screws and 8 rods in my body. Nonetheless, I’ve been able to live out my dream career at a very young age. So far, I’ve given over 200 live performances and delivered keynote speeches across 9 countries, and two of my performances have been broadcasted to over 2 billion people! My music videos and speeches have also been watched over 200 million times across all social media, and I’ve written over 60 songs (and counting) since the age of 10! (If you want to check my work out, please feel free to go to my website: www.SparshShah.com) But enough about me—this contest is about a cause much greater than myself: to stop the problem of teenage reckless and distracted driving. I’ve always been passionate about creating content that can “sparsh” (which means “touch” in Sanskrit) people’s hearts and make the world better than I found it. Hence, when I found out about this contest, I was so excited to have the opportunity to do so while also competing for a scholarship that could help me achieve my goals for higher education. With that, I’m overjoyed to present to you a song that I’ve written, produced, and sung: “One. Split. Second.” Here are the lyrics: “One Split Second” By: Sparsh Shah (Purhythm) (Verse) One. Split. Second. That’s how long it takes; Either life or death, The biggest difference it makes. It doesn’t matter, If you’re calling or texting behind the wheel; Or if you’re hearing music, eating, Or doing makeup—let me be real: 11 teens die every day, Because they drive distracted; And once the damage is done, Well, you can’t retract it. But here’s the catch: This isn’t just for car drivers; Or truck, motor, or bicycle drivers, It’s for ALL drivers! Maybe you drive a scooter, Or a wheelchair or powerchair; Or a wagon or hoverboard, But either way, I DON’T CARE! Whatever you roll on, Do it with all of your concentration; Focus on the road only, No time for hesitation! And if you ever feel like, You’re too busy or too tired; Or under the influence, Let someone else drive the tires! And if you forget everything I said, Just know that one thing’s true: One split second of distraction— And it WILL be you! (Chorus) [One. Split. Second. Don’t you be caught skiddin’; One. Split. Second. Trust me, I ain’t kiddin’!] x2 (Outro) PURHYTHM!