Sandy, Milwaukie students win Clackamas County safe driving media contest

From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation and Development, 503-742-4274

Media and Interested Parties

Nearly 150 high school students in Clackamas County entered the county's Posters and Coasters Safe Driving Media Contest, and the top three winners represent Sandy High School and the Milwaukie Academy of the Arts.

The contest, sponsored by the Clackamas County Drive to Zero program, is designed to help students learn about the importance of safe driving. Students were invited to create artwork that focuses on risk factors such as speed, distracted driving or impaired driving, or on prevention strategies. 

The contest winners, who will be awarded cash prizes from State Farm Insurance, are:

  • First place: Alyssa Bigelow, sophomore, Sandy High School, for "Texting While Driving is Like Being Blindfolded"
  • Second place: Ayla Nguyen, sophomore, Sandy High School, for "Don't Be the Reason"
  • Third place: Myles Grant Lowrie-Otter, junior, Milwaukie Academy of the Arts, for "Riding in Style is Riding Safe, End Distracted Driving"

Seven students also received honorable mentions:

  • Savanna Castillo, Sandy High School
  • Michaela Dorsey, Sandy High School
  • Tana Eri, Sandy High School
  • Chloe Hanson, Sandy High School
  • Aryeh Masters, Oregon City High School
  • Brady Jo McLain, Rex Putnam High School
  • Jonathan Scudder, Molalla High School

The winning posters are may be viewed on the Drive to Zero webpage. The images will be used in safe driving outreach activities throughout Clackamas County.

Drive to Zero Program Coordinator Patty McMillan stated, "We were overwhelmed by the number and quality of submissions. We had 147 entries from eight different schools — an increase of more than 50 percent from the last time the contest was offered."

The Posters and Coasters Safe Driving Media Contest is sponsored by the Clackamas County Drive to Zero program and State Farm Insurance.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Patty McMillan at 503-742-4661.