How will a small high school be able to compete against a large high school?
To create a more level playing field between small and large high schools, high schools have been divided into one of two categories at the time of submission: A) Large high schools: 751 or more students in grades 9-12 combined, and B) Small high schools: 750 and fewer students in grades 9-12 combined.
Can charter high schools participate?
Yes, the competition is open to public, private and charter high schools.
When can high schools enter their submission?
The submission period starts at 7:00 a.m. CT, October 12, 2015, and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT, October 25, 2015.
Do I need to pre-register in order for my high school to enter?
No. This year, high schools are not required to pre-register in order to enter.
Does the sponsor own the rights to my photo or video submission?
By entering their high school submission, each Entrant grants to the Sponsor royalty-free rights to publish their entry on the website and all other media. For more information on the rights and permissions, please refer to the Official Rules.
When does voting begin?
The 100 High School Finalists, as determined by judging, will be featured on the website for public voting at 12:01 a.m. CT, November 9, 2015, and ends at 11:59 p.m. CT, November 13, 2015.
When will we find out who won?
An authorized high school representative for each potential winning high school will be notified by email, telephone, overnight delivery and/or First Class Mail on/about November 19, 2015. For a full list of the winning high schools (available December 10, 2015), visit www.celebratemydrive.com or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for receipt by December 31, 2015, to: Celebrate My Drive Winners, P.O. Box 13199, Bridgeport, CT 06673-3199. Vermont residents may omit return postage.
What are the criteria for determining the Grand Prize Winner?
The Grand Prize winner for the private concert will be chosen by Echosmith or their representative based on the following judging criteria and the four (4) questions being answered:
- Creativity - 32%
- Incorporating Drive 2N2® Message - 17%
- Connection to Safe Driving - 17%
- Impact of Message - 17%
- Spirit of Contest 17%
Tie Breaker – the highest connection to safe driving as scored by the judges.
If my high school wins one of the 22 grants, will there be guidelines on what we can spend the money on?
22 percent of the grant check awarded must be spent in support of a teen driver safety program to benefit the high school students; the other 78 percent can be spent on high school-related needs defined by the winning high school and approved by State Farm® .
How will the grants be awarded?
Each grant will be awarded in the form of a check in U.S. dollars.
How often can I vote?
Eligible voters are allowed to vote once per day, per the Official Rules. The promotional timing is based on Central Time (CT) and all votes are time-stamped the moment they are submitted. For example, if a user made a vote at 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, it will be time-stamped 12:30 a.m. CT on Thursday. This user would be eligible to make another valid vote at 12:01 a.m. CT Friday (10:01 p.m. PT Thursday).
What are the age requirements for voting?
Voters must be 14 years of age or older to participate.
The rules for this promotion state one (1) vote per person and per e-mail address per day. Will duplicate and computer-generated votes be tossed out?
Absolutely – we’re using an e-mail verification specialist to make sure the votes are legitimate. A vote won’t be counted until the voter’s email address has been verified. A multi-step process will identify and invalidate votes made from invalid e-mail addresses, so any use of robotic, automatic, programmed or other methods of votes are not permitted and will be voided.
I just tried to vote for a high school, but it didn’t work. What do I do now?
Use the Report a Problem feature located in the lower left-hand corner of the red tool bar at the bottom of the homepage. Please include the name of the device and browser you are using and a technical representative will respond to you within 12 business hours.
Will only the high school students of the Grand Prize-winning high school be eligible to attend their concert?
The concert will take place at an indoor location able to accommodate the potential Grand Prize-winning high school’s total 2015-2016 high school student enrollment. We hope the location will also be able to accommodate the high school’s teachers and administrators, but that will not be determined until the winning high school is announced and a location is secured. Other local community members are not eligible to attend.
Can high schools that won a prize in 2013 or 2014 win again this year?
Yes, high schools that won in previous years (2013 & 2014) are eligible to win the Grand Prize concert and/or a $100,000 grant.
What are the four (4) questions that the high school administrator must answer when submitting an entry?
Administrators must provide a brief write-up (no more than 1,500 characters) and address these four (4) questions:
- What is the teen driver safety issue(s) your high school will address, with teens actively supporting your effort?
- How will you incorporate Drive 2N2® into your high school activities?
- How will you engage high school students, staff, adults and your community?
- How will your high school communicate to help amplify conversations about safe teen driving?
How many times can a high school enter?
Only one (1) entry per high school is allowed.
Why was my photo or video submission disqualified?
Your entry may have been disqualified for a variety of reasons. Please refer to the Official Rules and Dos and Don’ts to review and check that you followed all of the requirements. Below are a few of the common reasons:
- Should not include recognizable corporate branding or sports team logos
- Should not include use of licensed music
- Video should be 30 seconds or less, maximum 50MB
- Photo should be maximum 10MB