Meme wins prize

Three members of Students Against Destructive Decisions at Century High School in Bismarck earned top honors in the 2017 SADD National Distracted Driving Video and Meme Contest sponsored by End Distracted Driving.

Chloe Lambrecht, Adam Foerderer and Jacob Ochs submitted six pop-culture-inspired images/graphics that can be shared online, known as memes, to the contest.

One entry took the top honor, winning a $5,000 prize for their SADD chapter and tickets to a 2017 concert of their choice.The contest received 170 individual entries from more than 500 students representing 18 states.

The Century students’ winning meme design shows a view of the North Dakota prairie through the window of a vehicle, with the side mirror filled with representations of various distractions, such as music, phone apps and text messaging. Obscured behind those distractions is a semi-truck approaching the vehicle.

Their inspiration came from not only what they’ve learned through involvement in SADD, but through real-life experiences. “We were heading to a national competition in 2016 and on a five-lane highway, we saw so many people looking down. One person was even steering with their knees and using both hands to text,” said Adam Foerderer.

Adviser Laurie Foerderer said the money won in the contest was used to bring in special programming at Century and offset costs of attending the national SADD conference.