Audrey Moore, a Freed-Hardeman student, received a $5,000 scholarship from the CTIA Wireless Foundation due to her work creating an original video. After entering her video into the foundation’s third annual national Drive Smart Digital Short Contest, Moore received runner-up, earning her the scholarship.
Through a partnership with By Kids for Kids (BKFK), the CTIA Wireless Foundation created the Drive Smart campaign to inspire teens to create compelling digital shorts to discourage people from distracted driving. Moore’s video was one of hundreds of digital short submissions from around the country.
Moore is a freshman interactive digital design major from Somerset, Kentucky. She plans to work in video production and has created several videos for multiple nationwide competitions. She discovered this competition through an online scholarship search. She said, “I decided to enter the contest because I wanted to present the idea of safe driving in a unique way that is relatable to young drivers.”
The competition’s theme was “Drive Smart: No Distractions, No Excuses.” Titled, “This Is Not a Game,” Moore’s video compares a teenage boy playing a racing video game with another boy driving a real car. Both boys get distracted by a text message, causing the one playing the video game to crash his vehicle seconds later. It is implied that the boy driving had a much more catastrophic disaster than the video game crash, and the video ends with its title—“This Is Not a Game.”
When she received runner-up in the competition, Moore was honored and excited. “When I discovered I was a contest winner, I was thrilled to learn I had won a scholarship that could help me continue my education and learn more about what I love to do.” She enjoys videography and will use the scholarship to further her education in interactive digital design.
Moore is also happy about the difference that the CTIA Wireless Foundation makes by holding the yearly competition. She said, “Contests like this are important because they make things relatable to people my age who may not think twice about picking up their phone to text, or changing the music, or eating while driving,” Moore said. “By understanding our surroundings, we can really make a difference on the road. I know that it made a difference in my life when I made this video because it made me realize that there are many different kinds of distractions, and that I never want to do anything to put my life or anyone else’s danger.”
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