2017 Winners Announced!
Biridiana Lua-Garcia, a senior at Bermudian Springs High School, York Springs, is the 2017 winner of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation’s “It Can Wait” editorial contest.
Lua-Garcia receives a $500 cash prize to be awarded on April 12, in conjunction with the PNA Foundation’s Student Keystone Press Awards luncheon during the America East Media Business and Technology Conference in Hershey, Pa.
Read Lua-Garcia's winning entry.
Because of the number of outstanding entries, additional awards were added in 2017. Abby Riggio, a senior at Blackhawk High School, Beaver Falls, receives second place honors (view Riggio's entry), while Leah Jameson, a West York Area High School junior, places third (view Jameson's entry). Riggio, Jameson and their parents are invited to the Student Keystone Press Awards luncheon where they will receive framed certificates.
For more information, read our press release.
PNA, the PNA Foundation, Pennsylvania’s newspapers, and AT&T joined together again to host an “It Can Wait” editorial contest to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Beginning last fall, PNA members hosted local contests and encouraged high school students to help to make our roadways safer for Pennsylvanians. A winner was recognized in each sponsored community and entered into the statewide contest, which drew more than 200 entries from across the state. Entries were also accepted from individuals from unsponsored areas. Lua-Garcia was recognized by the Gettysburg Times.
“It Can Wait” is a national movement urging drivers to visit www.ItCanWait.com, where they can pledge to keep their eyes on the road, not on their phone, and share their pledges via Twitter (#ItCanWait) and Facebook. Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has helped increase awareness of the dangers of texting while driving to about 90 percent for all audiences surveyed and inspired more than 14.2 million pledges not to text and drive.
Since 2015, PNA and the PNA Foundation have joined with AT&T to host statewide “It Can Wait” editorial contests. PNA member newspapers were invited to host local contests to encourage high school students in their communities to help make our roadways safer. A winner was recognized in each participating community and entered into the statewide contest. Entries were also encouraged from individuals from unsponsored areas.
Past statewide winners:
2016: Kyleigh Balint, Sullivan County High School, Laporte. Read Kyleigh’s essay and review our press release.
2015: Ryan Holzman, Boyertown Area High School. Read more about Ryan’s statewide and local victories and review our press release.