A Levittown teen was named runner-up in a statewide video contest on distracted driving.
Laura DelPiano, a senior at Gen. Douglas MacArthur High School, was the second-place winner last month and secured a $10,000 prize for her school in the "Dangers of Distracted Driving" contest coordinated by NYCM Insurance.
Her winning video shows a female student texting and walking in the school hallways and continuing to text as she drives. She slams on the brakes as she looks up to see a boy chasing a ball into the street.
"It doesn't matter if there is a new driver on the road or an experienced driver," DelPiano said. "All need to pay more attention behind the wheel."
To create the video, DelPiano, a member of the school's Digital Media 2 class, collaborated with student videographers Samantha Johnson, Alyssa Lerro, Peter Soguero, Sam Soguero and Ryan Walsh. NYCM's assistant vice president of marketing, Rob Snyder, presented DelPiano with a certificate and an oversized check last month at an award ceremony in the school's auditorium.
Fifty entries were received from 30 schools in New York. Entries were judged based on originality, cinematic style and understanding of the topic.