Congratulations to all of this year's winners of VHSA's third annual PSA video contest. A virtual awards ceremony was held on April 27, 2021. We look forward to hosting this event again in 2022 and details on how to enter will be available in early 2022.

Watch a recording of the awards ceremony.


1st Place – Sponsored by AT&T
Will Devereaux, Champlain Valley Union High School

 2nd Place – Sponsored by AT&T
Logan Allen, Center for Technology Essex

3rd Place – Sponsored by Yankee Driving School
Henry Putney and Eva Calabrese, Burr and Burton Academy

4th Place – Sponsored by AT&T
Bella Canete, St. Johnsbury Academy

5th Place – Sponsored by AT&T
Jackson Ducharme, Stafford Technical Center

Sponsor’s Choice – Sponsored by AT&T
Carl Nelson & Nico Cruz, Center for Technology Essex

Sponsor’s Choice – Sponsored by AT&T
Grant Doenges, Stafford Technical Center

People’s Choice Award – Sponsored by Co-operative Insurance Companies and the Youth Safety Council of Vermont
Chloe Andersen & Tessa Lunderville, Burr and Burton Academy

Honorable Mention – Sponsored by Midstate Dodge
Garret Davis, Center for Technology Essex

Benjamin Ranney, Stafford Technical Center

Brayden Shelton, Rutland High School

Jason Sullivan, Killington Mountain School

Governor Scott’s Video Message: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wswQk4f5zhZBVa5NQsR1xAXQA-LuPjJU/view

The #802phonesdown!headsup! contest was open to high-school students and designed to encourage young drivers and their friends and peers to avoid distracted driving. More than $3,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the creators of the eight winning video PSAs. Awards were made in the following categories:

  • Honorable Mention
  • People’s Choice
  • Sponsor’s Choice
  • 1st through 5th Place

The goal for contest entrants was to research this important issue and produce a compelling 25-second video to enact change and spread the message to peers and the public that distracted driving is unacceptable and can have serious consequences. The VHSA hopes that videos produced by high-school students offer a relatable perspective for other young drivers. Finalists and winners were selected from the 49 entries submitted. Prizes are generously donated by this year’s sponsors: