Mercy gives teens a chance to win free driving classes

Published: Oct. 21, 2018 at 7:50 AM CDT
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The Injury Prevention Center with Mercy Hospital is sponsoring an essay contest that asks teens to think about how they can make Missouri roads safer. Five winners will be awarded a scholarship covering the cost of the Mercy Driver Education Program and Mercy's Alive at 25 driving course.

The contest is open for teens ages 15 to 19 years old. Students must write a brief essay answering, "What can teens do to create safer roadways and drivers?" Editorials must be submitted to by Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. to be considered.

Detailed requirements for the essay contest are below:

- Must be the original work of the student

- Each writer is limited to one submission

- Typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font

- One page in length

- Entries must include the completed contact form from Mercy's website

Judges are looking for a personal opinion piece. That being said, students are asked to limit the use of data and statistics. Judges will include traffic safety professionals across Southwest Missouri.

Winners will be announced Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Winners must have a valid permit before they can enroll in the driving program. Once selected, winners must follow the procedures of the driving program including registering online, scheduling an orientation meeting, providing a copy of the permit, signing the contract and scheduling the driving lessons. All lessons will begin and end at the Mercy Injury Prevention Center, located at 1570 W. Battlefield, Suite 110 in Springfield.