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Willmar teens win regional award with safe-driving video

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WILLMAR — Two Willmar Senior High School students are regional winners in the annual Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge.

The team of Brady Newcomer and Cory Williamson has won $1,000 and been named one of four regional winners.  Now in its fifth year, the Toyota and Discovery Education challenge invites teens across the country to create public service videos to inspire their friends and peers to drive more safely.

Brady and Cory’s video, “Captain Corolla vs the Dastardly Distracto,” was chosen in the Midwest region by a panel of judges at Toyota and Discovery Education from more than 1,500 submissions — the most received in contest history. To view their video, see To see videos from the other winners and finalists, visit www.

In the video, the two use humor to talk about the dangers of being distracted by tuning a radio, answering a phone or eating while driving.

The Video Challenge is one component of the TeenDrive365: In School initiative. The program offers tools designed for high school educators and teens. Resources include tools to help teens prepare to be responsible drivers, such as quizzes, parental discussion points and a financial calculator; classroom resources for educators; and Heads UP!, an interactive simulation which allows teens to virtually experience the dangers of distracted driving.

The program is part of Toyota TeenDrive365, a comprehensive initiative to help teens and parents become safer drivers together. Building on the programs Toyota has offered for more than a decade, it offers a collection of online tools, events, expert advice and tips as well as social media elements.

Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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