Never too young to make a difference: FMCSA honors winners, honorable mentions in 2020 National Road Safety Art Student Contest

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Gianna Liu Grand Prize Winner
Gianna Liu, a second-grade student from Hillsborough, New Jersey, is one of two grand-prize winners in this year’s Road Safety Student Art Contest, presented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. (Courtesy: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the winners of the 2020 Road Safety Student Art Contest yesterday (Sept. 28). Top honors were awarded to Gianna Liu, a second-grade student from Hillsborough, New Jersey, and Sanjana Arudala, a sixth-grade student from Irving, Texas.

Sanjana Arudala Grand Prize Winner
Sanjana Arudala, a sixth-grade student from Irving, Texas, is also a grand-prize winner in the contest. (Courtesy: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

“This year’s winners show that it’s never too early to make road safety a top priority,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck. “The impressive artwork from these students will help effectively communicate FMCSA’s important safety messages to motorists throughout the country.”

The contest was open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Student entries focused on educating drivers of passenger vehicles, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians, to safely coexist on the same roadways as commercial motor vehicles and work together to reduce crashes.

The two grand-prize-winning entries will be displayed in FMCSA’s headquarters in Washington. FMCSA also recognized 10 honorable-mention entries. The grand-prize drawings, along with the honorable mentions, will be featured in the 2021 Road Safety art contest calendar.

The honorable-mention entries include, in alphabetical order by last name:

  • Pranav Balakrishnan, a first grader from Plano, Texas;
  • Michelle Chen, a fourth grader from Lewisville, Texas;
  • S. Shiva Haritha, a kindergartner from Schaumburg, Illinois;
  • Riya Karadge, a sixth grader from Clifton Park, New York;
  • Bella Lee, a fifth grader from Dublin, Ohio;
  • Hsing-Yu Liu, a second grader from San Jose, California;
  • Ryan Mastropierro, a second grader from Barnegat, New Jersey;
  • Ana Pinto, a second grader from Fort Worth, Texas;
  • Preetiggah Sudhakar, a third grader from Simpsonville, South Carolina; and
  • Adithi Vattem, a fifth grader from McDonald, Pennsylvania.

The annual Road Safety Student Art Contest is organized by FMCSA’s Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership, which includes more than 30 other government, safety, industry and private organizations. To learn more about the Road Safety Student Art Contest, click here. To see additional entries from this year’s contest, click here.

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