LEE, MYERS & O’CONNELL, LLP
2017 ESSAY CONTEST
2017 Essay Topic – Distracted Driving
Distracted driving caused by cell phone usage is one of the leading causes of auto-collisions nationwide. The State of Colorado passed a bill in May of 2017 that dramatically increased the penalty for text messaging while driving from a $50 fine and one point against the driver’s license to a $300 fine and four points against the driver’s license. Drivers younger than 18 are prohibited from using a cellphone while driving, and they can be fined and may risk losing their licenses. Yet many text and drive anyway.
The Colorado Department of Transportation considers notes that deaths caused by distracted driving are on the rise. In 2015, 68 deaths and 15,574 crashes involved Colorado distracted drivers. In 2016, more than 600 people died on Colorado’s roadways, according to statistics gathered by state transportation officials, up about 11 percent from 2015 and the highest total in a decade and the CDOT director blames this surge of deaths on the “epidemic of distracted driving.”
We at Lee, Myers & O’Connell have also noted a large increase in collisions caused by distracted driving and routinely subpoena the cell phone records of those who injure our clients. We wholeheartedly support CDOT’s campaign against distracted driving which includes the video:
Topic: How does texting while driving affect the safety of our streets and can we prevent these accidents from happening?
The essay should be 300-500 words. Entries must be typed and double-spaced.
All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in U.S. public, private or home schools within the state of Colorado are eligible. Students must submit original work.
About the award
Winners of the essay contest will receive scholarship awards that should be used for academic purposes. This scholarship is meant to benefit the student’s educational aspirations and should be used to supplement their study. Although the resources that the scholarship can provide remain open-ended (such as books, class materials, a laptop, etc), we ask that the winners of the scholarship use the award award toward their academic future and not for personal recreation.
Winners will be notified by the end of September.
First Place: $2,000 Scholarship Award – 1 STUDENT
Second Place: $1,000 Scholarship Award – 2 STUDENTS
Third Place: $500 Scholarship Award- 3 STUDENTS
Winners of the essay contest will be published in the newspaper and recognized on the LMO Facebook page.
The first 50 students will receive an LMO water bottle.
Section I – General Rules
- Contestants must compose an original essay with limited guidance from others.
- Due to the volume of entries received, only the First, Second, and Third place winners will be contacted with the results.
- Participants must write on the official topic.
- Essays must contain at least 300 words but no more than 500 words. Every word of the essay is counted. This does not include the title, bibliography or footnotes.
- Any quotations or copyrighted material used in the essay must be identified properly. Failure to identify non-original material will result in disqualification.
- Essays must be written in English.
- The cover page (found below) must be filled out and attached to the essay when submitted.
Please email all submissions as an attachment to email@example.com. In the email subject line include your Last Name, First Name – Essay Contest
- The results of the contest are final. No higher appeals will be recognized.
Section II- Scoring of the Essays
Scoring procedures at all levels of the contest will be identical.
1.) Material Organization: 50 points Logical interpretation of the subject, adherence to topic
2.) Diction, Style, and Voice: 35 points Phrasing, Continuity, and Flow
3.) Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling, and Neatness: 10 points
4.) Adherence to contest rules: 5 points Prepared in the proper format
Essays will be judged by an independent panel with the names of the students redacted.
August 31, 2017 5:00 PM MST
All students must submit their own, original work. Students who enter must also agree to give Lee, Myers, and O’Connell the right to publish their name, work, and photographs/videos of them online if they are selected as one of the winners of this essay contest.