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Distracted driving video wins Bristol school top spot

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The moment students learned the $100,000 was coming home to Bristol Central. (WFSB) The moment students learned the $100,000 was coming home to Bristol Central. (WFSB)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

An amazing surprise for Bristol Central High School students after they dedicated hours crafting a video to keep drivers safe on the roads and their hard work paid off.  

The video created by students in the communication technology class was the reason for a pep rally at Bristol Central High School on Wednesday afternoon.

Connecticut came through and their 30-second public service announcement the best in the state.

It's part of State Farm's 2n2, two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel campaign that encourages safe driving. With car crashes being the number one killer of teens, senior Jacob Kreciglowa played a big part in coming up with the theme.

“People get to see other students in the school talking about it,” Kreciglowa said.

Focusing on students’ eyes, the spot was solemn and singular, but so powerful.

“If you see a parent saying, 'two hands on the wheel, two eyes on the road,' some will ignore it,” Kreciglowa said. “But when you see classmates saying it's for their family, for their friends, it's a major impact and makes you want to do it.”

Kreciglowa said he knew they had a winner on their hands.

“The way Mr. Horne did it and Miss Gallo, they executed it perfectly,” Kreciglowa said.

It started out as a typical pep rally before the annual Bristol Eastern rivalry game. As the students were kept waiting in suspense. Not many knew they won until Eyewitness News helped unveil the $100,000 check.

“I was super excited,” Kreciglowa said. “I have a younger brother going here, so it'll help him out throughout high school. I'm glad I could've helped out.”

Eyewitness News did ask the principal about how the money would be split. He said some will go toward safe driving programs and some will go toward enhancing the school.

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