The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 7, 2013

Celebrate My Drive encourages safe driving

Conneaut assembly is an eye opener for students to be more aware of dangers

For the Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — On Oct. 9 Taylor Daub was crowned as Conneaut High School’s 2013 Homecoming queen.

“I was pleasantly surprised to be crowned as Homecoming queen, I think it’s awesome that students voted me into the court in the first place,” said Daub.

Although Daub didn’t expect to be crowned, Samara Griggs, a senior, expected her to win.

“It was a rewarding experience to see Taylor become the queen. I am so proud of her!” Griggs said.

At the Homecoming dance Daub was escorted by her date Tyler Bissett, a graduate of Conneaut High School.

In school Daub is very active; she is a member of the marching band where she plays the clarinet. She is also a member of show choir and is president of National Honor Society. Outside of school, Daub enjoys playing the piano.

Although she has yet to select a college to attend next year, Daub plans on majoring in music performance. She hopes to join the Peace Corps after college and eventually travel to New Orleans.

A week after Homecoming Conneaut High School was introduced to an event called Celebrate My Drive where anyone over the age of 14 can make an online commitment to be a safe driver. Schools with a large quantity of commitments could win grants; the two schools with the largest commitments win a concert performed by Kelly Clarkson. Voting took place online from Oct. 18 through Oct. 26 on the Celebrate My Drive website.

This event is sponsored by State Farm Insurance and was introduced to CHS students and faculty by Chris Brecht, a Conneaut State Farm Insurance agent, at an assembly on Oct. 17. At the assembly, Brecht told students about Celebrate My Drive and distributed shirts that featured the saying 2N2, two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel.

To help encourage safe driving, Brecht asked for volunteers to participate in an activity that would show how consuming alcohol can affect a person when driving. Students who volunteered were asked to do simple things such as kick a soccer ball into a goal, hit a volleyball back and forth, or even walk between traffic cones in the gymnasium to simulate how drinking can affect people.

“I think it was a great idea to have our school participate in Celebrate My Drive because it opened the eyes of students to know what’s going on while driving at all times; I think it will help decrease the number of accidents in teen drivers,” said Amanda Chadwick, a junior.

Making the commitment could be completed by logging onto the Celebrate My Drive website. From there, the person making the commitment would enter their email, birthday, choose their school and then answer two questions about safe driving.

At the beginning of this challenge, Conneaut High School was ranked in the upper 70s out of more than 300 schools participating in the small school category. Shortly before voting ended, CHS was ranked in the upper 30s. Winners of grants and the concerts will be announced on Dec. 9 on If Conneaut High School stays in the top 50 schools, they could win a grant of $25,000.

During the beginning of October, any juniors and seniors with a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average could apply to be a member of National Honor Society. Students who are accepted as members must portray excellent leadership, service, character and scholarship. Students who have been accepted as members will be inducted into The National Honor Society in a ceremony in the Conneaut High School library 6:30 p.m. Monday.