USDOT Announces Winners of 2017 Road Safety Student Art Contest

USDOT Announces Winners of 2017 Road Safety Student Art Contest

The USDOT is delighted to announce the 2017 Road Safety Student Art Contest winners. Top honors go to 2nd grader Avni Choudepally of Morrisville, North Carolina, and 4th grader Lynn Sun of Livingston, New Jersey. 

The contest was open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Previously known as the Be Ready, Be Buckled Safety Belt Art Contest, this year’s contest expanded from emphasizing the importance of seat belt use to educating passenger vehicle drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians about sharing the road with commercial motor vehicles and working together to reduce crashes.

The contest is organized by the Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership and the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership, which includes FMCSA and more than 30 other government, safety, industry, and private organizations. These partnerships are essential to amplifying safety messages about buckling up and understanding the challenges and special considerations when traveling near or around buses and large trucks.

The two winning entries will hang in FMCSA’s headquarters and FMCSA will coordinate with each school’s administration to honor the winners. The entries from the following 12 students (two grand prize and 10 honorable mention entries) will be featured in the 2018 Road Safety art contest calendar:

2017 Road Safety Student Art Contest Certificate

  • *Avni Choudepally, 2nd grade, Morrisville, North Carolina
  • Gilenia Augustus, 2nd grade, McKinney, Texas
  • Srikari Mudunuri, Kindergarten, Fremont, California
  • Daniel Chia, 1st grade, Alhambra, California
  • Bruce Rui Elvin, 2nd grade, New Canaan, Connecticut
  • Ethan Liu, 2nd grade, Belle Mead, New Jersey
  • *Lynn Sun, 4th grade, Livingston, New Jersey
  • Meaghan Li, 3rd grade, Orlando, Florida
  • Inuli Tilakaratne, 3rd grade, Darnestown, Maryland
  • McKayla Meana, 6th grade, Kapolei, Hawaii
  • Bryan Qi, 5th grade, Livingston, New Jersey
  • Tarikka Ahswin, 5th grade, Plainsboro, New Jersey

    *Grand prize winners

    To learn more about the Road Safety Student Art Contest and to see the winning entries, visit

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