A freshman at Montrose High School has won $10,000 for himself — and another $10,000 for his school — by promising to be a safe driver.
Nick Paulsen was announced as the winner of this year’s Lesson Learned SD program on Monday at an all-schools assembly in Montrose. The program is sponsored by the South Dakota Highway Safety Bureau and the South Dakota Broadcasters Association. This is the sixth year of the program.
“We see too many fatal accidents involving young drivers. The Lesson Learned program is a way for us to encourage young drivers to adopt the habits that will help make them safe drivers,” said Craig Price, Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Public Safety. “These young drivers can maintain these safety habits throughout their lives.”
Students answered safe driving questions on the Lesson Learned SD website and were entered into the drawing. This year, there were 3,374 enrollments from 142 high schools in South Dakota.
“We could never do Lesson Learned without the support of administrators, teachers and driving instructors who encouraged their students to participate,” said Amanda Kurth, Director of the Office of Highway Safety. “Montrose entered 34 students into the competition; which was one of the highest school attendance rates in the state.
Nick’s school also benefits. The Association of Broadcasters pays Nick an additional $10,000 to use in school programs or whatever activities he chooses.
“Giving the school an extra $10,000 has become one of the best parts of this program,” said Steve Willard, president of the Broadcasters Association. “Not only is the winner rewarded for committing to being a safe driver, but so is their school. It’s a win-win. »
The South Dakota Bureau of Traffic Safety is an agency of the state Department of Public Safety.