Honolulu Association of Insurance Professionals Announces Safety Essay Winners

December 15, 2008

The Honolulu Association of Insurance Professionals (HAIP) has announced the winners of its sixth annual Safety Essay Contest. More than 100 public high school students submitted heartfelt stories that highlighted the devastation to students, families and friends as a result of substance abuse or reckless driving.

Travis Lefrandt of Moanalua High School took top honors for his essay about the dangers of crystal methamphetamine. He and second place winner Julia Sungsakris of Pearl City High School, third place winner Sharla Rivera of James Campbell High School and fourth place winner Xenia Ewing of Leilehua High School received a cash prize, plaque and gifts from HAIP corporate sponsors.

“The HAIP Safety Essay Contest is a great way to engage teens on issues that can have long-term effects on their lives and the lives of others,” said awards presenter Tim Dayton, GEICO General Manager. “The holiday season is an important time to raise awareness and discourage risky behaviors such as drug abuse and careless driving.”

The Honolulu Association of Insurance Professionals is the local chapter of the National Association of Insurance Women (NAIW).

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