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East Lansing grad wins scholarship for distracted driving video

Posted: 1:51 PM, Oct 16, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-18 08:49:37-04
Local grad wins scholarship for video
Local grad wins scholarship for video
Local grad wins scholarship for video

A former East Lansing High School student has won a college scholarship contest for her message to teens about distracted driving.

Kelley Sweitzer, who is a freshman at the University of Michigan, won "Best Overall Submission" for her video in Michigan Auto Law's second annual "Kelsey's Law Scholarship: Stop Distracted Driving Contest".

The overall message in Kelley's video , concerns the dangers of texting and driving and how the decision to do so can not only affect you, but the lives of others around you. The video ends with the message "choose to drive distraction free-- no text is worth the risk".

The scholarship is named after Kelsey Raffaele, a 17-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, who was killed in an accident in 2010. Police say she was using her cell phone at the time. Kelsey's mother pushed lawmakers to pass Michigan's first teen cell phone ban--- as part of an effort to prevent another death like that.

Other winners in the contest include Troy Athens High School graduate and University of Michigan student Ellie Rocheleau, Zeeland West High School senior Nicole Sherman and Canton High School graduate and University of Michigan student Kevin Chen. You can read more about their winning entries and the scholarship contest here .