Bermudian Springs High School Student Wins PNA, AT&T It Can Wait Editorial Contest

Biridiana Lua-Garcia, a senior at Bermudian Springs High School, York Springs, is the 2017 winner of the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) 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.

Click here to download and read the winning essay.

Since 2015, the PNA Foundation, along with PNA and PNA member newspapers, has partnered with AT&T to host an “It Can Wait” editorial contest to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. This year, high school students were asked to write a 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?"

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 community and entered into the statewide contest, which drew more than 200 entries from across the state. Lua-Garcia was recognized by the Gettysburg Times.

“We teamed up with the PA NewsMedia Association for this contest so we could remind young Pennsylvanians that no text, post or scroll while driving is worth a life,” said J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid-Atlantic. “Congratulations to Biridiana for such a powerful essay. We hope drivers of all ages will hear her message: ‘Distracted driving is never OK… Take the It Can Wait pledge.’”

In selecting Lua-Garcia as the Pennsylvania winner, judges commented that, “Biridiana’s essay was both powerful and stark in revealing the devastating consequences that distracted driving can have on the driver, as well as others in the car, on the road, and in their families. Her essay impacted each of us who read it, and presented a compelling case for taking the pledge – and encouraging your friends and family to do the same.”

Learn more about the initiative at www.ItCanWait.com.

Source: PNA

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