The West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration has received a record 78 entries from high school students for a contest discussing the dangers of drinking and driving and underage alcohol consumption.
Sixteen high schools submitted essays or videos for the contest. Winners will be announced in late January. Prizes include $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place. Prize money must be used for school-sanctioned events or equipment.
The agency says in a news release that students from the winning school will help develop a 60-second public service announcement which will air statewide during this year’s prom and graduation seasons.
The NO School Spirits contest is funded with grants from State Farm, the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association and the Governors Highway Safety Program.