On June 7, students from 55 high schools throughout New Jersey put their teen safe driving campaigns on display at our 3rd Annual ‘U Got Brains Champion Schools Program’ Showcase & Awards Luncheon at iPlay America. The showcase, which was sponsored by New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company, and The Allstate Foundation, kicked off with Lindsey Giannini, Miss Atlantic County, as the Mistress of Ceremonies.
In the previous years, the top two campaigns, selected by a panel of expert judges, were awarded the grand prize – a driving simulator donated by New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company (NJM). This year, BIANJ President and CEO Barbara Geiger-Parker announced that, in addition to the simulators, the winners would also receive a cash grant of $10,000 to be put toward an "After Prom" party, as well as a school presentation funded by NJM about the dangers of distracted driving. Congratulations to our winners!
A highlight of the event was when NJM President and CEO Bernie Flynn, revealed that not only would the grand prize winners receive driving simulators, but so would the 53 other participating schools in honor of the Company's 100th anniversary.
We hope everyone enjoyed the event and look forward to seeing you at next year’s Champion Schools Showcase!
Additional sponsors of the program are The Nikhil Badlani Foundation, State Farm, The NJ Teen Driving Safety Coalition, Partners for Health Foundation, DCH Teen Safe Driving Foundation, The Council on Brain Injury, DRIVE SAFER, AAA Clubs at New Jersey, AT&T, and iPlay America.
The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey’s annual Champion Schools Program puts NJ’s teens in the driver’s seat. In 2013, 55 high schools participated and created peer-to-peer safe driving campaigns. Congratulations to the two Grand Prize Winners: Columbia High School and Lenape Regional High School District! This year, in a surprise twist, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Company awarded every Champion School a driving simulator in honor of their 100th Anniversary.