COUNTY AWARDS FUNDS TO HIGH SCHOOL CONTEST WINNERS


South Brunswick High School took the top prize in the 3rd annual "Don't Drink and Drive," video promotion contest conducted by the County Department of Highways and Bridges. Freeholder H. James Polos, chairman of the department said that this year's competition was the stiffest in the short history of the program.

Piscataway High, for the second year in a row, finished as runner-up while Old Bridge and Perth Amboy High Schools tied for third place. The judging of the video submissions was conducted at the offices of County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mary Jean Guidette. Chief judge was Walter Perez, WNBC-TV news anchor.

In early March each high school in the county was invited to submit (1) student created and produced video promo limited to 30 seconds in time focusing on the dangers of drinking and driving. In establishing the program, Polos and the department's supervisor, Alan W. Haag, selected early spring as the prime time to conduct it because of the approach of the prom and graduation seasons which often trigger excessive under-age drinking.

The four winning videos have been getting exposure at various municipal cable access channels in the county and were featured by Perez in a report on WNBC-TV on Saturday, May 25.

In getting top prize for its video, "Countdown To Life," South Brunswick High was awarded $1,000. Piscataway's runner-up video, "Don't Let Your Friends Down," picked up $750.

Old Bridge High with "Drunk Driving," and Perth Amboy High, "A Ruined Life," each collected $500. in tying for third.

The funds are to be used for the winning high school's Project Graduation program or to financially support a safe driving course at the school.