Palm Bay Teens Finalist In Toyota TeenDrive365 Challenge

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ABOVE VIDEO: Toyota and Discovery Education announced that Trevor Pinckney and Thomas Zelios, students at Bayside High School of Brevard Public Schools in Palm Bay, triumphed over 1,000 entrants from across the country to be one of the top ten finalists in the annual Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge.

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA — Toyota and Discovery Education announced that Trevor Pinckney and Thomas Zelios, students at Bayside High School of Brevard Public Schools in Palm Bay, triumphed over 1,000 entrants from across the country to be one of the top ten finalists in the annual Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge.

TOYOTA-SEAL-180Now through April 30, these top ten inspirational videos will appear online for public voting todetermine the People’s Choice Winner.

Also, it will send a national reminder about the importance of safe teen driving.

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Now in its fourth year, the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge, a key component of an ongoing partnership between Toyota and Discovery Education, invited teens across the country to create short videos to inspire their friends to drive more safely and avoid risky behavior behind the wheel.

Through April 30, the general public can visit TeenDrive365InSchool.com/vote to view Trevor and Thomas’ video along with the other top nine videos and place their votes for the ‘People’s Choice Winner,’ who will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a behind-the-scenes trip to a taping of a Velocity network show.

Michael Rouse

Michael Rouse

“Each year we are impressed by the creativity and talent of the young filmmakers who enter the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge and this year was no exception,” said Michael Rouse, President of the Toyota U.S.A. Foundation.

“At Toyota we believe that when good ideas are shared great things can happen. We applaud the teens who entered the challenge to share their vision to improve safe driving among their peers.”

Additionally, a panel of judges at Toyota and Discovery Education will choose first, second and third place winners to receive the following awards.

• First Place – $15,000 and the chance to work with a Discovery film crew to reshoot their entry video into a TV-ready PSA to air on a variety of Discovery networks
• Second Place – $10,000 and a behind-the-scenes trip to a Velocity network show taping
• Third Place – $7,500

Bill Goodwyn

Bill Goodwyn

“We commend this year’s finalists and their use of digital storytelling skills to influence the behavior of their peers, and know that their hard work and creativity will help save lives across the country,” said Bill Goodwyn, president and CEO at Discovery Education.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with Toyota and we salute their leadership in addressing this critical need by providing young people with compelling digital resources and experiences that empower smart decision-making behind the wheel.”

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