I am pleased to congratulate the following first place winners of The Suburban Collection’s Focus on the Road Contest:

Penelope Rampazzo of Athens High School

Sydni Rotenberg and Michael Soverinsky of North Farmington High School

Dylan Hoey of Ferndale High School

Shanmukh Ghandikota, Pranav Kancherla, Ali Hasan Shahab, and Faraz Ahmed of Novi High School

Ahmaun Berry and Olivia Franklin of Waterford Kettering High School

Hudson Khuu of Skyline High School

The Suburban Collection is dedicated to promoting safe driving. For the second straight year, we partnered with local school districts to spread awareness of the growing epidemic of distracted driving through our Focus on the Road initiative. Students at each district were asked to create a 30-second PSA that warned of the dangers of driving while distracted (especially with regard to texting) with winning videos garnering scholarship dollars.

Once again this year, student creativity and concern for safety were paramount. Their videos ranged from dramatic to humorous, with one first prize winner even creating a memorable jingle. Most importantly, all of the students who participated demonstrated the importance of using their communication skills to promote positive change and important causes with their peers and within their school and community.

Congratulations again to these talented students and their supportive schools.