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Midway second in Battle of the Belt campaign

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Midway High School took second place in Tennessee’s first-ever “Battle of the Belt” competition.

The Tennessee Department of Health Injury Prevention Program, in partnership with the Tennessee Trauma Centers, sponsors this statewide competition for Tennessee high schools designed to increase seat belt usage.

“This competition was based on a year-long educational campaign to promote seat-belt safety,” said Patricia Wells, Roane County Schools health coordinator.

“The initiatives were student-generated and included spontaneous seat-belt checks at athletic events and school arrival, a Safety Week campaign, a buckle-up video, Think Fast program, and several smaller initiatives such as flyers on cars,” she added.

At the end of the campaign, each participating school submitted a journal of all its efforts, and results were sent in for judging.

Judging was based 60 percent on the increase in seat belt use and 40 percent on the educational campaign.

“Congratulations to the students at MHS, to their school moderator, Officer Rick Butler, Kris Hontz of the Anti-Drug coalition and P3 sponsor, and to Principal Scott Mason for his support of the students and their work in this competition,” Wells said.

Midway came in second to Sullivan East High School in Bluff City.

“Young leaders like these impact their peers and communities so we can feel sure their actions will help prevent a car crash tragedy for someone in our state,” said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner.

For more about Battle of the Belt or to enroll a school for the 2013-2014 contest period, go to www.battleofthebelttn.org/.