GEICO names winners of 2012-2013 National Safety Poster and Video Contest

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2013GEICO has selected 18 students from across the country as winners of its 2012-2013 National Safety Poster and Video Contest. This year’s winners are:

Safety Poster Contest:
Kiani Alvarez-Ranan, Kapolei, Hawaii
Joy Chen, East Brunswick, N.J.
Paul Gellerman, Grand Forks, N.D.
Sarah Gellerman, Grand Forks, N.D.
Makenna Hayes, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Michelle Huang, Edison, N.J.
Annette S. Kim, Los Angeles, Calif.
Emily Kim, Clifton, Va.
Grace Kim, Los Angeles, Calif.
Sarah Kim, Fairfax, Va.
Joanne Lee, Los Angeles, Calif.
Edmond Ngai, South Plainfield, N.J.
Jai Rhee, Los Angeles, Calif.
Elizabeth Wang, San Antonio, Texas
Mailani Wendt, Kapolei, Hawaii

Video Contest:
Cameron Haffner, Fort Myers, Fla.
Dio Kenda, Takoma Park, Md.
Alex Oliver, Saint Cloud, Fla.

Each winning poster and video is prominently displayed on the GEICO Safety Poster and Video Contest website.

“GEICO is dedicated to promoting safe driving, particularly with younger generations who will be behind the wheel before they know it,” said Tony Nicely, GEICO chairman. “These winners did a tremendous job of bringing attention to dangerous driving habits and advocating safe techniques in a creative way, and GEICO applauds them for helping to spread the powerful message of the importance of safe driving.”

For the contest, GEICO invited elementary and middle school students (grades K-8) to create a hand-drawn or computer-generated poster featuring an original superhero character that promoted safe drives messages such as the importance of wearing safety belts, preventing distracted driving and not speeding. High school students (grades 9-12) participated in the contest by creating a promotional video that emphasized either the dangers of distracted driving or the importance of not driving while impaired (under the influence of alcohol or drugs).

Serving as judges for this year’s competition were Laurel Sims of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; Alexandra Holiday from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and Karen Violette, senior graphic designer with GEICO. Each winner received a cash prize.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 14 million private passenger customers and insures more than 23 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

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