Celebrate My Drive

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MACON - Macon High School is a finalist in the State Farm Celebrate My Drive Competition.

The competition challenged schools across the nation to create a video which promoted safe driving habits. The competition also required schools to write a narrative to go along with the 30 second video element.

"The theme this year is 2N2, which is two hands on the wheel, two eyes on the road to try and prevent distracted driving," Macon High School principal Jeff Haley said. 

After all entries were submitted, State Farm selected the top 50 entries in both a small and large school division to be considered finalists in the competition. Macon is a finalist in the small school division.

Those videos were then voted on by the public to determine the top 11 schools in each division which will earn a $100,000 grant. The overall winner will also receive a private concert from the band Echosmith.

Haley said he is very proud of the hard work the multi-media program put into the competition.

"Oh it's awesome," Haley said. "If you look at the video, it's very quality work especially coming from high school kids. They put a lot of time and effort into it because it is something important to them."

He said if the school wins the grant money, a majority of the winnings will be used to support the driver's education program which was recently reintroduced to the school. Haley said the school had to cut the program a couple years ago when funds got tight but was able to bring the program back last year.

"We brought it back last summer and we want to be able to sustain that program for a while and give students the opportunity to be better drivers," Haley said.

He said the school would like to use the money to buy a school vehicle and other resources to help better the program.

Haley said he has been impressed with how the school and the community has really rallied around this competition.

"I'm really happy with how our community has rallied around our students," Haley said. "There are people helping out around the community in various ways and we want to give them a big thank you for that. This is really neat to see the community support this school and get behind an initiative like this."

Voting for the competition runs through Friday.