MIAMI – “Take 5 to Stay Alive,” an anti-texting and driving campaign, announced the winners of their public service announcement video competition today, April 24. Halle Kilman from Cooper City High School submitted the winning video, a Public Service Announcement about safe driving and reminding their peers not to text and drive.

“Take 5 to Stay Alive” is a public education campaign designed to bring awareness to a growing safety concern: the risks of texting and driving. BECON-TV, in partnership with Broward County Public Schools, Broward County, Broward Regional EMS Council, Broward Health, Memorial Health Care, Plantation Fire Department, Sunrise Fire-Rescue Department, and Homestead-Miami Speedway launched the first inaugural video contest to engage high school students in creating messages for safe driving.

Other winning videos were submitted by McFatter Technical High School students Edward Bays, Mahlani Brutus, Michael Gleason, Jonathon Kimmel, Jordan Mulkey, and Dylan Roth; while South Broward High School students Krystyn Pope, Ravyn Tarantino and Monica Paultre created the final winning public service announcement.

“As the County Commissioner who serves on the EMS Council, it is a tremendous responsibility that we help get the message out to youth about the dangers of texting and driving,” Broward County Commissioner LaMarca, a judge of the videos, said. “This video competition was a great opportunity for Broward students to creatively get the message out to their peers.”

A committee of contest partners and sponsors, including a member of the Homestead-Miami Speedway team, evaluated the 30 to 60 second videos educating viewers on the importance of driving safely while using wireless devices and chose the submission from Kilman of Cooper City High School. The students from all three schools will have their videos broadcast on tri-county BECON-TV and were presented at a “Red Carpet” opening at a local movie theater on Thursday.

In addition, Homestead-Miami Speedway will recognize the students during Ford Championship Weekend in November. The students will be awarded tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, as well as have their video featured during pre-race ceremonies.

“The ‘Take 5 to Stay Alive’ initiative is something that cannot be understated,” track President Matthew Becherer said. “We are proud to recognize these students and their efforts to make our South Florida roadways a safer place, and excited to share their success at NASCAR’s culminating championship weekend, Ford Championship Weekend.”

For more information about the “Take 5 to Stay Alive” initiative, please visit www.broward.org/take5.