A group of students from the Warrior Tech Academy at Magna Vista High School in Henry County won third place in the 2022 Jingle Your Way to a Safe Holiday Jingle Contest.
Seven students are shown in the video that is posted on YouTube. Featured students are Mason Whitaker, Caleb Regans and Levi McPeek. Students substitute lyrics “Stay Alive, Don’t Drink & Drive Cause You Don’t Want to Die. Seatbelt On, Hands on the Wheel, You Don’t Wanna Pass Away,” to the tune of “Jingle Bells.”
The contest, sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), the Virginia State Police (VSP), the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and State Farm, was started to challenge students, ages 11-19, to create a safe driving jingle (short song or tune) to promote buckling up, as well as celebrating and driving safely throughout the holidays. A judging panel selected the top six jingles in the high school division and top five in the middle school division for public voting December 12-15, and from there it was up to Virginia.
Prizes sponsored by State Farm® will be awarded to the top three jingles with the most votes as follows in the high school division:
First Place – Laci Craig; Liberty High School, Bedford County – $500
Second Place – Asaph King; Homeschool, Stafford County – $200
Third Place – Magna Vista High School Warrior Tech 17, Henry County – $100
Winners in the middle school division and the prizes are:
First Place – Vikram Goudar; Old Donation School, Virginia Beach – $200
Second Place – Myles and Nicholas Crosby; Elizabeth Davis Middle School, Chesterfield County – $100
Third Place – Esaias King; Homeschool, Stafford County – $50
To view the winning jingles, visit the Holiday Campaign Page.
Craig and Goudar’s jingles will be shared on social media throughout the Christmas holiday to remind students to drive and celebrate safely.
The four runners up and other jingle entries received will also be shared on social media starting this week.
“Congratulations to all the students who placed in the jingle contest and a special thanks to each student who took the time to create a jingle,” said Mary King, YOVASO Program Manager. “We were very impressed with all the jingles and can’t wait for everyone to view and share them on social media. What a fun way for teens to encourage each other to buckle up and drive safely!”
YOVASO is Virginia’s Peer-to-Peer Education and Prevention Program for Young Driver and Passenger Safety and is a program of the Virginia State Police. Membership in YOVASO is free and open to all Virginia high schools, middle schools, and youth groups.