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Valparaiso student wins Drive Safe Chicago PSA contest
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Valparaiso student wins Drive Safe Chicago PSA contest

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Valparaiso student wins Drive Safe Chicago PSA contest

Cheyanne Montozzi, a senior at Boone Grove High School and the Porter County Career Center, receives directions from producer David Lauterback as director Alan Weiss of Alan Weiss Productions tapes a 30-second public service announcements for the Drive Safe Chicago PSA contest. Washington Township High School senior Haynen Johnson won the contest. His video will be debuted at the Chicago Auto Show before being aired nationally on 150 TV stations. Montozzi and Lauren Royter, of Kouts, were also finalists in the contest. 

VALPARAISO — Washington Township High School senior Haynen Johnson, 17, won the fourth annual Drive Safe Chicago PSA Contest.

Johnson, a student in the Porter County Career Center's video production class, will receive a $2,000 prize from The National Road Safety Foundation. His 30-second public service announcement on distracted driving will debut at the Chicago Auto Show before airing nationwide on more than 150 TV stations, according to a news release from Drive Safe Chicago.

Johnson’s winning video, titled "Tasteless," shows a teen eating a burger and having a soft drink while he tries to drive. As he juggles the food, he drops the drink and reaches down to pick it up. We hear a car horn honking and the driver looks up in horror as he says, "Whoa!"

The screen goes black as the words "Distracted Driving is Tasteless" come up.

All three of this year’s finalists are students at the Porter County Career Center. The runners-up are Cheyanne Montozzi, 18, of Hebron, and Lauren Royter, 17, of Kouts. 

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Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.

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