Acuity Celebrates Truck Driver Appreciation Week


2017 Essay Contest

The results are in! Check out our 2017 essay contest winners.

Contest winners


We are happy to announce the winners! We received some great stories from kids on how their lives have been impacted by having a parent or family member in the trucking industry. We can't wait to share these stories with you as we gear up for National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.


First place

Dalton Clahan, Clay City, IN


Second place 

Trevor Saine, Fort Wayne, IN

Jack Kraemer, Kiel, WI


Third place

Bailey Jo Shoemaker, Brandenburg, KY

Elyssa Patzer, Cheyenne, WY

Jillion Jo McIntire, Birmingham, IA

Kyle Jarzemski, De Soto, WI

Cady Saine, Fort Wayne, IN


Fourth place

Weston See, Montgomery City, MO

Lillian Pfeifer, Mazon, IL

Nicole Gage, Medina, OH

1 winner verification in progress


Essay contest details

See official rules for complete contest details. 

  • Contest is open to all children ages 12 and younger who are legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C.
  • One entry per child.
  • Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company employees and their children are not eligible to enter.
  • No purchase or payment is necessary to enter or win.
  • Failure to adhere to the contest rules or submission guidelines will result in disqualification from the contest.



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

  • Originality – Uniqueness of the story
  • Use of language relevant to the topic
  • Creativity in how they express their ideas


The entry with the highest total score will be deemed the First Place Winner. Entries with the second and third highest scores will be deemed Second Place Winners. Entries with the forth through eighth highest scores will be deemed Third Place Winners. Entries with the ninth through twelfth 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, 2017.



  • One (1) First Place Winner - $500 Visa Gift Card
  • Two (2) Second Place Winners - $250 Visa Gift Card
  • Five (5) Third Place Winners - $100 Visa Gift Card
  • Four (4) Honorable Mentions - $25 Visa Gift Card
  • Prize Acceptance: Acuity, A Mutual Insurance Company will use reasonable best efforts to notify the winners. In the event that a winner cannot be located within five days of the judging period, the winner shall forfeit the prize and we may elect another winner.
  • Taxes: Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes on winnings.

Acuity Truck Driver Appreciation Week Contest Winner

Check out nine-year-old Dalton's amazing story of how his truck driver stepdad changed his life.

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Have questions? We have answers.

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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