Poster contest recognizes three ideas from Sandy High

Three Sandy students are being recognized for their ideas on driving safely.

Clackamas County Safe Communities sponsored a Posters and Coasters Safe Driving Media Contest in an effort to prevent more accidents.

Although a student from Lake Oswego High School won first place, students from Sandy High were close behind. Sandy had the most overall winners of all the schools that entered.

Karlee Edwards, from Sandy High School, took second place in the contest with her poster, “Life is a Gift — Wrap it in Safety.”

“My mom is always telling me that I need to buckle up every time, and if I can't buckle up she would come and get me,” Edwards said. “I wanted to do something about seat belts as they are a huge part of safety.”

Her poster, along with several others, will be featured at Clackamas Town Center in August and September.

Two other Sandy students, Pamela Frasier and Connor Morgan, received honorable mention. Frasier’s was on the subject of texting and driving, and Morgan’s simply stressed driving safely.

“We had 98 entries from students representing six high schools in Clackamas County,” said CCSC coordinator Patty McMillan. “Sandy High School took the most awards with second place and two honorable mentions.”

Clackamas County ranks fourth out of the 36 counties in Oregon for the number of reported vehicle crashes, according to CCSC. There were almost 4,000 reported crashes, 40 fatal accidents and more than 1,800 injury crashes in the county in 2005.

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