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Coastal Bend high schools compete for TxDOT safe driving grant
Mar 23, 2013 | 975 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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DPS Cpl. Charlie Ramirez presents a $1,000 TxDOT grant to Calallen High School students, from left, Carter Hunt, Britton Simpson, Brittny Merkich, Victoria Freeman and Tommy Conroy.
Contributed photo DPS Cpl. Charlie Ramirez presents a $1,000 TxDOT grant to Calallen High School students, from left, Carter Hunt, Britton Simpson, Brittny Merkich, Victoria Freeman and Tommy Conroy.
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CORPUS CHRISTI — The Texas Department of Transportation Corpus Christi District has awarded a total of $2,400 in Project Celebration grants to three Coastal Bend high schools to help fund events designed to reduce the number of injuries and deaths caused by impaired driving.

Calallen High School earned the top prize of $1,000; H.M. King High School, Kingsville, received $800 for second place, and Taft High School won $600 for third place.

Students from nine high schools competed for the funding by developing two-minute presentations on the topics of driving under the influence or distracted driving. A three-judge panel selected the winning high schools after viewing the presentations at the TxDOT Corpus Christi District headquarters.

“By awarding these grants, TxDOT is pleased to help high school students celebrate their big events, such as prom night and graduation, in a safe and sober way. The presentations were creative and well done and forcefully reinforced the message that distracted driving and driving under the influence can lead to death, serious injury and lifelong heartbreak,” said Hazel Zepeda, TxDOT traffic safety specialist.

TxDOT awards grants annually to help schools sponsor Project Celebration activities that are designed to keep students safe by pointing out the dangers of impaired driving, whether it is from drugs, alcohol or distractions. This year, for the first time, students were asked to compete for larger awards by developing a two-minute presentation on driving under the influence and distracted driving. While all participating schools will receive Project Celebration funding, the schools were competing for the larger grant amounts.

Students from the winning schools are:

Calallen High School: Tommy Conroy, Victoria Freeman, Carter Hunt, Brittny Merkich, and Britton Simpson.

H.M. King High School: David Campbell, Candace Cantu, Genaro Deleon, Michael Herrera and Ruben Herrera

Taft High School: Esteban Hiracheta and Edward Norman.

Judges were Corpus Christi City Council Member Colleen McIntrye, Texas Department of Public Safety Cpl. Charlie Ramirez and Corpus Christi Police Officer Kirk Stowers.
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