Venango Catholic High School won the annual Venango-Forest County Teen Driver Competition on Wednesday at the Rocky Grove Fire Department building.
Eighteen students from various high schools in Venango and Forest counties competed for more than $1,000 in prizes and a spot in the statewide contest for a $5,000 scholarship.
Venango Catholic team members included Ava Homan, Hunter Lancaster and Sarah Groner. They had the highest group score and their names will be added to the Venango-Forest traveling trophy.
Homan also won the individual competition, Lancaster was second, and Addison Shull from Rocky Grove finished third. Homan was awarded $1,000, Lancaster received $500, and Shull won $300.
Homan and Lancaster are eligible to compete in the statewide competition scheduled May 12 in Camp Hill.
The first-, second- and third-place finishers in that event receive scholarships worth $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000, respectively.
The competition included a series of knowledge and skill tests geared toward determining who the county’s top teen driver is. To qualify for the competition, each student is required have a license or combination of a permit and a license for at least one year, during which time the teen could not be involved in a crash or receive a traffic citation.
PennDOT, the Venango County and Forest County sheriff’s offices, the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association and the Northwest Regional Safety Network sponsored the competition in coordination with area high schools, local law enforcement and business partners.
For more information on teen driving, people can visit www.JustDrivePA.com.