DOVER -- On Thursday April 29, 60 students from 10 area schools participated in the 15th 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 helps teach students driving rules, maneuverability and Ohio law. The Teen Roadeo began as a collaboration between Sopher Insurance Agency, The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Safe Kids Tuscarawas 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), MADD, and the Tuscarawas County Coroner's office, Newcomerstown Emergency Rescue and Smith Ambulance 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 school student participants include, Randson Burdette, Cody Carpenter, Breanna Davis, Emily Kennedy, Justin Rentsch, Shelby Schupp, Indian Valley High School; and Chase Addy, Taylor Buss, Brandi Crank, Chris Deal, Chelsea Bradford, Paul Hanner, Newcomerstown High School.
Local individual winners include: Chase Addy, Newcomerstown, second place ($200) for driving skills; Breanna Davis, Indian Valley, second place ($200) for written skills; Brandi Crank, fourth place ($75) for written skills; and Chelsea Bradford, Newcomerstown, Best Serpentine ($25).