2016 Winner Announced!!
Kyleigh Balint, a sophomore at Sullivan County High School, Laporte, is the 2016 winner of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation’s It Can Wait editorial contest.
Balint receives a $500 cash prize to be awarded on April 6, 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 Balint’s winning essay.
For more information, read our press release.
PNA, the PNA Foundation, Pennsylvania’s newspapers, and AT&T are joining together again to host an “It Can Wait” editorial contest to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The 2016 contest, which begins September 28, is open to all Pennsylvania high school students and offers a $500 prize for the column or editorial that best answers the question, "Why is it important to take the It Can Wait pledge to keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone?"
Distracted driving is involved in more than 200,000 vehicle crashes each year, often involving injuries and death. Despite knowing the risks, seven in ten drivers engage in smart phone activity while driving, and four in ten teens admit to social networking while driving.
We are asking PNA members to hold local contests, with a monetary or other prize of your choosing, to encourage high school students to write a column or editorial about the dangers of distracted driving. Entries may also be submitted by individuals from unsponsored areas. The PNA will announce the winning statewide entry by February 26, 2016, and the award will be presented at a luncheon on April 6, at the Hershey Lodge.
Read our press release for additional details on the 2016 contest.
“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 7.2 million pledges not to text and drive.