Southeast High students finalists in teen driver challenge

HERALD STAFF REPORTApril 23, 2014 

MANATEE -- Three Southeast High School students are among national finalists in a teen driver challenge.

Glenn Franklin, Jaunice Jean'Peiere and Julian Rodriguez will compete to have their video turned into a national public service announcement.

For the next two weeks, people can visit toyota.com/teendrive365 to view the top 10 videos and vote to decide the winner. The entry gaining the most votes will win a $15,000 cash prize and the opportunity to work with a Discovery film crew to recreate their video as a professional, TV-ready PSA eligible to air on Discovery's family of networks.

The second-place prize is $10,000 cash and a behind-the-scenes trip for two to a Velocity Network show. Third place takes a $7,500 cash prize.

The Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge, part of a partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education, invites teens across the country to create short videos to inspire their friends to drive safely and avoid distractions.

Glenn, Jaunice and Julian were among more than 1,000 teens to submit a video. The top 10 videos, some humorous and others more poignant, address unsafe driving habits and how distracted driving can change lives forever.

The partnership offers free, online resources for teens, parents and teachers, and is part of TeenDrive365 (toyota.com/teendrive365),

Last year's winning video from Ryan Johnston of Corona, Calif., took a humorous look at what driving distractions may have looked like 100 years ago, while also sending a serious message to teens about the importance of road safety. His recreated PSA ran across Discovery's family of networks.

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