Winners announced!

Thank you for sharing your stories.

Contest winners

 

We are happy to announce the winners! We received some great stories from kids on someone special in their trucking family.

 

Elementary School winners

  • First Place Winner - Isabelle Jewell, Muskego, WI
  • Second Place Winner - Brady DeGroat, Akron, MI
  • Third Place Winner - Liela Reed, Slinger, WI
  • Honorable Mention - Braylin DeGroat, Groton, CT
  • Honorable Mention - Bla'az and Kwade Seal, Lubbock, TX

 

Middle School winners

  • First Place Winner - Ana Juric, Milwaukee, WI
  • Second Place Winner - Addie Hofer, Parker, CO
  • Third Place Winner - John Hofer, Parker, CO
  • Honorable Mention - Kyle Jarzemski, De Soto, WI
  • Honorable Mention - Jayce Pugh, Miller, SD
  • Honorable Mention - Natalie DeGroat, Akron, MI

 

Essay topic

Tell us the story of someone special in your trucking family. It could be a mom or dad, aunt or uncle, grandma or grandpa, or anyone who makes an impact on your trucking family's life, whether they spend their days on the road or not. Tell us his or her story and how that person is important to you.

 

Essay contest details

See official rules for complete contest details. 

  • Contest is open to all children ages 14 and younger within applicable school categories as of 2018-2019 school year shown below. Contestants must be legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. School group categories include:
    • Elementary school - grades K-4
    • Middle school - grades 5-8
  • Contestants must obtain consent of their parent or legal guardian to enter.
  • 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.
  • Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes on winnings.
  • A fully completed W-9 is required prior to all winners claiming a prize.
  • Failure to adhere to the contest rules or submission guidelines will result in disqualification from the contest.

Entry requirements and format

  • Video and/or written entries must be the original and unpublished work of the Contestant and will not be returned.
  • Videos must be submitted without music. Any video submitted with music will be returned to the Contestant and may be resubmitted without music before the entry deadline.
  • Illustrations may accompany a written entry, but we recommend only submitting them in a digital format as they cannot be returned.
  • Illustrations must be the original and unpublished work of the Contestant.
  • Video entries:
    • Should be submitted as their own entry electronically through the website.
    • Maybe edited before submission using video editing software should the Contestant deem it necessary to add production value to his/her entry.
    • May not exceed 500MB (0.5 GB) in size.
    • Must be no longer than one (1) minute in duration.
    • Must not contain any viruses, malware, malicious code, etc. 
  • Requirements by category:
    • Elementary school, entries are limited to a video submission.
      • Video should highlight how the person in your trucking family impacts you and those in your family.
    • Middle school, video and written entry are require for entry.
      • Written entries are limited to 500 words. Written portion of the entry must be typed.
      • Combined video and written entry should highlight how the person in your trucking family impacts you and those in your family.
  • Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the child and will not be returned.
    • Illustrations may accompany writing, but we recommend only submitting them in a digital format as they cannot be returned.
    • If written by hand, entries can be scanned and sent electronically or mailed.
  • Entries will not be accepted if they contain:
    • Inappropriate topics
    • 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 kids
    • Violence or other dark or frightening subjects
    • This Contest is conducted in American English

Submission instructions

  • Contest entries are accepted from March 15 through April 15, 2019.
  • Video entries may be submitted electronically by uploading them.
  • Written entries may be submitted electronically by emailing them to:  thankyoudrivers@acuity.com
    • TIP: Copy and paste email address into your preferred email account if the link does not work.
  • Entries that are not submitted electronically must be mailed to and postmarked by April 15, 2019.

Acuity Insurance

Marketing Department

Your Trucking Family's Special Someone Contest

2800 S Taylor Drive

Sheboygan, WI 53081

 

Judging

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

  • Elementary School (K-4)
    • Originality and uniqueness of the video.
    • Use of language and descriptions relevant to the topic.
    • Creativity in how ideas are expressed.
  • Middle School (5-8)
    • Written Essay:
      • Originality and uniqueness of the story.
      • Use of language relevant to the topic.
      • Creativity in how ideas are expressed.
    • Video Submission:
      • Originality and uniqueness of the video.
      • Use of language and descriptions relevant to the topic.
      • Creativity in how ideas are expressed.

The entry with the highest total score in each category will be deemed the First Place Winner in that category. The entry with the second highest score will be deemed the Second Place Winner in each category. The entry with the third highest score will be deemed the Third Place Winner in each category. Entries with the fourth, fifth, and sixth highest scores will receive Honorable Mention. 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 May 2, 2019.

 

Prizes by category

Elementary School (K-4)

  • One (1) First Place Winner - $750 Check
  • One (1) Second Place Winner - $500 Check
  • One (1) Third Place Winner - $300 Visa Gift Card
  • Three (3) Honorable Mention Winners - $100 Visa Gift Card

 

Middle School (5-8)

  • One (1) First Place Winner - $1,000 Check
  • One (1) Second Place Winner - $750 Check
  • One (1) Third Place Winner - $500 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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