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LHS, MJHS win $25,000 Celebrate My Drive Grants

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For the second consecutive year, local high schools will reap the rewards of State Farm's Celebrate My Drive campaign to promote teen driver safety efforts.

Lebanon and Mt. Juliet high schools are among 100 winning high schools, each earning a $25,000 grant.

They were among nearly 3,300 high schools who participated in this year's program. Students, parents and the entire community rallied in support of teen drivers, making online safe driving commitments and helping LHS and MJHS reach their goals.

Celebrate My Drive has been a boon for local high schools. Last year, Wilson Central High School won the top prize, a $100,000 grant and a concert featuring The Band Perry, while LHS and MJHS captured $100,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively.

"All of the Wilson County State Farm agents are thrilled the community has gotten behind the celebration," local State Farm Agent Jeff Gannon said. "In two years, with the help of the people in Wilson County, we have been able to bring $275,000 into the Wilson County school system. It is a great community effort, and we are thrilled to be a part. We are equally as excited the community is joining us in celebrating a milestone in our local young adults' lives."

Crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and the first year behind the wheel is the most dangerous.

Celebrate My Drive is an opportunity to celebrate new drivers, focusing on the freedom, but also the responsibility, that comes with earning a driver's license.

The annual campaign represents a chance for teens and their high schools to amplify conversations about the important topic and help be a part of the solution. Both LHS and MJHS will be required to invest 10 percent of the grant awards on a teen driver safety program for students.

State Farm will present the checks to the schools at tonight's basketball game, when LHS will travel to MJHS. The evening's games tip-off at 6:30 p.m.

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