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'It Can Wait' Essay Contest
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‘It Can Wait’ Essay Contest Details


The Arkansas Newspaper Foundation (ANF), local newspapers, and AT&T will again sponsor and challenge Arkansas students ages 14-19 across the state to write an editorial or opinion column highlighting the dangers of texting while driving and encouraging their peers to take the “It Can Wait” pledge.

The essay entry will answer the question, “Why is it important to take the It Can Wait pledge to never drive distracted?” The piece will highlight the dangers of distracted driving and must include the following call to action,“Take the pledge to never drive distracted at

The prize will includes $500, a special guided tour of the Arkansas State Capitol and a lunch for the student and their parents with leadership of AT&T, the ANF and their local newspaper publisher.

Also, newspapers may set their own prizes for local winners if they choose. Newspapers may publish local winning entries, and the statewide winning entry will be made available to member papers to publish at their discretion.


The 2018 winner was Aleigha Burns from Monticello High School. Congratulations Aleigha.


Here's her winning entry:  It Can Wait




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