Wed, Mar 21, 2012 10:22 AM
RUTLAND-Stafford Technical Center's SADD Chapter, which is
involved in Phase 2 of a three-part national contest on teen
driving, has entered a tractor trailer into the poster
The contest is run through National Organization for Youth Safety
and is designed to promote better teen driving habits. The contest
is open to any organization at any public, private, or parochial
high school or middle school in the United States. This year, there
appears to be about 400 groups involved.
Stafford Technical Center's SADD Chapter is the only Vermont
entrant. Two years ago, the Stafford SADD Chapter finished in the
top 20 nationally.
Phase 1 was a T-Shirt contest, which was designed to heighten
awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. The SADD Chapter
developed a slogan for the contest, "Decide Your F8, Texting Can
W8", and then opened the t-shirt design portion of the contest to
anyone in the school. Sierra Quenneville, a student in the
Hospitality and Entrepreneurship Program from Otter Valley Union
High School, won and her design was used for the shirts.
Phase 2 was a poster or billboard to promote teen driving
restrictions, which are known in Vermont as the Graduated Driver's
License. New drivers in Vermont who are less than 18 years old are
restricted as to who they may have in the vehicle with them for the
first six months of operation. This is designed to cut down on the
number of passengers killed and injured by inexperienced drivers;
the GDL has been very successful in achieving this goal. The SADD
Chapter made the slogan "When You're Alone, You're in the Zone" and
developed two possible entries: The first entry was designed by
Brian Ward, a student in the Public Safety Services Program from
Fair Haven, and it was a painting of a single set of tire tracks on
a white background, and bore the slogan. It was painted by SADD
members Stephen Marcoux of Castleton, and Logan Clark of Rutland.
This was designed as a fallback entry should the much more
technically complicated entry not come to fruition.
Plan A, the eventual entry, was to take the Stafford Technical
Center Tractor Trailer School's vehicle and revise one side of the
trailer to make a moving billboard. Due to time and monetary
concerns, a complete revision of the trailer was out of the
question. The design, which incorporated the slogan, and exactly
covered the existing writing, and a drawing of a car with one
occupant, was done by team member Rachel Ray, a talented graphic
artist in Stafford's Digital Arts Program from Rutland. The artwork
was then made into banners by Awesome Graphics.
A number of Stafford students, some wearing uniforms representing
their program, were photographed around the truck. The photo was
entered into the contest. A group of judges will determine the top
25 entries, which will compete on Facebook for the most number of