Sarah Allen wins Young Driver Skills competition

By Garrett Johnston, Assistant Features Editor

First place winner Sarah Allen poses with her award. (Photos contributed by Sarah Allen)

First place winner Sarah Allen poses with her award. (Photos contributed by Sarah Allen)

Sarah Allen received first place and $1,000 in the Young Driver Skills Competition in Crawford County on April 14. The competition is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, and the money is awarded by Allstate Insurance. During the competition, the drivers had to take a written test, a perceptual test, and a low speed driving test. The perceptual test involved the competitors being shown a series of slides, and then being asked three questions about them. Allen’s combined score was the highest in seven years, with 128 correct out of a possible 165. “I was really shocked because I didn’t think I did that well,” Allen said.  IMG_0066

She will be competing in the state competition on May 12 in Camp Hill, Pa. She will have the opportunity to win a $5,000 scholarship if she places first. She is not the only student from Crawford who will be advancing to the state level, however. The top two from the local competition will move on, which includes Jon Frawley, a senior at CASH.  Allen was not the only student from Saegertown to place in the competition. Senior Tyler Nulph took third place and is planning to buy a car with the $300 he won. “It was a great experience, and it was more difficult than I thought it would be,” Nulph said.

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