MONTPELIER — A Waitsfield student has won first prize in the state’s second annual #802phonesdown!headup! video contest.

According to a news release, the contest is sponsored by the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance. Green Mountain Valley School student Lawton Jones won the $750 first prize for his video which can be seen here:

At the awards presentation at the State House Friday students from across Vermont were honored for their work producing video public service messages about distracted driving to engage their peers and compel young drivers to put down their phones while driving.

The VHSA plans to promote the winning videos on social media and other media outlets throughout the year. The contest was funded by AAA Northern New England, Co-Operative Insurance Companies, Consultant on Police Services, Midstate Dodge, Youth Safety Council of Vermont, and Yankee Driving School.

Cole Klimoski and Liam Swan, both of Essex High School, came in second place with their video which can be seen here:

Third place went to Hanover High School students Emily Gammell and Emma Neuman. There video can be seen here:

Kaylee Green, of Northwest Technical Center, won the People’s Choice award. Her video can be seen here:

— Staff report

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