DOVER -- On Wednesday April 25, students from area schools participated in the 18th annual Teen Driving Roadeo at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds to win cash and fame for themselves and their schools.

Sponsored by Safe Kids Tuscarawas (Tuscarawas County Health Department) and OSU Extension, this annual event is geared to help young drivers learn better maneuverability skills, rules of the road, and to make them think about their actions when driving. According to Ohio State Patrol statistics, the number of young people dying on Tuscarawas County roads continues to decrease. They like to think that the Teen Driving Roadeo has been one of the reasons.

The Teen Roadeo began as collaboration between Sopher Insurance Agency, The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Safe Kids Tuscarawas/ Tuscarawas County Health Department and OSU Extension office. Gradually over the years new partners such as Parkway Nissan Lincoln Mercury (donated the use of cars for the driving events), Harry Humphries Auto City (sends a mechanic to teach students car maintenance), Ohio Department of Transportation (driving simulator), MADD, and the Tuscarawas County Coroner's office, contributed educational programs. Law enforcement officers from Dover, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Department judged the driving scenarios, and Dover and New Philadelphia Police Chiefs donated the overall school winner trophy.

Local 2012 Teen Roadeo results include:

Individual Driving Events: Top Scores: $25 award -- Serpentine, Coy Johns, Newcomerstown.

Driving Skills Overall Winners -- Fourth Place $75 - Kori Conner, Newcomerstown.

School rankings in order: Newcomerstown, 664; and Indian Valley, 600.

School student participants and school coordinator: Indian Valley -- John Love (coordinator), Jessica Beamer, Courtney Emler, Matthew Carroll, Cole Craddoc, Cassie Glazer, Mitchell Kennedy; and Newcomerstown -- Josh Branch (coordinator), Kori Conner, Caleb Fenton, McKaila Goodwin, Coy Johns, Kelsey McCune, Chandler Shryock.