Four local schools compete in Celebrate My Drive competition

Four local schools have gotten involved with the State Farm Insurance Celebrate My Drive competition.

Calumet High School, Hancock Central High School, Houghton High School and Jeffers High School have registered for the online contest, which could win the schools as much as $100,000.

The 10 schools receiving the most votes will receive $100,000, with two grand prize winners hosting a concert by Kelly Clarkson. The next 90 schools will get $25,000.

Voting started Friday and continues until Oct. 26. To register, people must be 14 or older.

Ten percent of the grant must go towards a teen driving safety program for the school’s students. The remaining 90 percent can be spent on school needs approved by State Farm.

Jeffers High School Principal Mike Benda said like most districts, Adams Township has been hurting for money to provide extracurricular activities such as field trips.

“Anything extra we could give the kids, that would be great,” he said. “We have been cutting back on the number of trips out of the building, mostly because of the cost of the busing.”

Calumet High School Principal George Twardzik said he hasn’t settled on what to do with the 90 percent portion, but that they’re looking at ways to promote driving safety.

Also helpful, Twardzik said, is a prompt on the website that makes the students answer safe driving questions before casting their vote.

“It causes the students to have to answer a couple questions about safe driving, and makes the kids think about being safe drivers as well,” he said. Winners will be announced on Dec. 9.

To register to vote, go to