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Wilson Central Wins Grand Prize for Safe Driving Campaign

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WILSON CO., Tenn. - Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers, and Tennessee is one of the most dangerous states. Now one school in Wilson County is leading the way to make a change.

Wilson Central High School just won a national save driving campaign called "Celebrate My Drive. The school is getting $100,000, and a private concert with Kelly Clarkson. "I thought it was amazing and kind of ironic how we come from a small town, but we won out of so many schools," says Wilson Central senior Heather Harvey.

The "Celebrate My Drive" campaign was developed by State Farm. Out of 3,700 schools across the country, Wilson Central had the most people commit to being safe drivers. Lebanon High School also placed in the top five, and Mt. Juliet High School is in the top 50.

Wilson Central's principal says the entire effort should help students be smarter and safer behind the wheel. "This has probably been the single most unifying event that our school has done," says principal Pat Suddarth.

Between the three Wilson County high schools, State Farm presented $225,000 in prize money on Friday. That money will be used to promote safe driving and help student groups in the school.

The Kelly Clarkson concert will likely be held at Wilson Central High School sometime next semester.

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