Winners announced!

Thank you for sharing your stories.


Third Annual Acuity Trucker Appreciation Essay and Video Contest

The results are in! Check out our 2019 essay contest winners.

Contest winners


We are happy to announce the winners! We can't wait to share these stories with you as we gear up for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.


First Place Winner - $2,500 Check: Sara Mears, Appleton, WI

Second Place Winner - $1,500 Check: Gibeon Robbins, Coalville, UT

Third Place Winner - $1,000 Check: Ashlyn Smith, Marion, UT

Honorable Mention Winner - $150 Visa Gift Card: Gabrielle Robbins, Coalville, UT

Honorable Mention Winner - $150 Visa Gift Card: Jimmy Fields, Orland Park, IL

Honorable Mention Winner - $150 Visa Gift Card: Karmyn Jarzemski, De Soto, WI


Essay and video topic

Acuity is sponsoring an essay and video contest for children to celebrate truck drivers and the work they do. Contestants choose one of the following topics to discuss and create a video: 

  • Hours of service
  • Truck Parking
  • ELD Mandate
  • Driver Distraction
  • Driver Retention
  • Driver Health and Wellness
  • Driver Shortage
  • Automated Truck Technology
  • Transportation Infrastructure/Congestion/Funding
  • CSA


Contest details

See official rules for complete contest details. 

  • Contest is open to all students currently enrolled in high school, (grades 9-12) within the 2018 – 2019 school year. Contestants must be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and D.C. 
  • Contestants under the age of 13 must have a parent or legal guardian submit their entries electronically. 
  • One entry per contestant
  • Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company employee and their children are not eligible to enter.
  • CAUTION: Any attempt by a contestant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the contest may be a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company is not responsible for technical issues or issues related to deliverability of email submissions. 
  • Failure to adhere to the contest rules or submission guidelines will result in disqualification from the contest. 
  • No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win.


Entry requirements and format

  • Entries must be an essay and video submission to be considered.
  • Entries must be typed.
  • Entries are limited to 1,000 words.
  • Video is limited to one minute in length.
  • Video must not contain music.
  • Video should be creative, not the contestant reading the written essay.
  • Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the contestant
  • Entries will not be accepted if they contain:
    • Inappropriate words
    • Inappropriate images
    • Mean, cruel or hateful behavior or attitudes
    • Disrespect towards others, whether it be parents, authority figures, or anyone else, including other individuals
    • Violence or other dark or frightening subjects
  • This Contest is conducted in American English.

Submission instructions

  • Contest entries are accepted from June 1 through July 21, 2019.
  • Entries must be submitted electronically.



All eligible entries will be evaluated and scored by the Contest judges based on the following criteria:

  • Originality and uniqueness of the story.
  • Use of language relevant to the topic.
  • Creativity in how ideas are expressed.

The entry with the highest total score will be deemed the First Place Winner. Entries with the second highest scores will be deemed Second Place Winner. Entries with the third highest score will be deemed Third Place Winner. Entries with the fourth, fifth and sixth highest scores will be Honorable Mentions. In the event of a tie, the entry with the highest score for originality followed by creativity will be deemed the winner from among all tying entries. Winners will be notified on or before August 15, 2019.



  • One (1) First Place Winner - $2,500 Check
  • One (1) Second Place Winner - $1,500 Check
  • One (1) Third Place Winner - $1,000 Check
  • Three (3) Honorable Mention Winners - $150 Visa Gift Card


Prize acceptance

Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company will use reasonable best efforts to notify the winners. In the event a winner cannot be located within five days of the judging period, the winner shall forfeit the prize and we may elect another winner. A parent or guardian must submit a completed W-9 prior to winner claiming a prize; instructions can be found here.

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No, you do not need to be an Acuity insured to have your child enter their essay. This contest is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. Policyholder status has no bearing on the judging process. The only people who cannot enter are employees of Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company and their children.

Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company employees and their children are not eligible to enter.

Yes, illustrations or drawings that help tell the story can accompany the written essay. We recommend submitting any images in a digital format as they cannot be returned. Please do not send photos of your child.


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