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To the victors go the spoils

St. Clairsville Schools were honored with an award and some serious cash on Thursday. The district won the Ohio Safe Teen Driver Program after a competition with other area schools.

St. Clairsville Schools were honored with an award and some serious cash on Thursday, thanks to a local business that is stepping into the driver's seat of early education.

St. Clairsville students received a $7,000 check, presented by Whiteside in St. Clairsville.

The district won the Ohio Safe Teen Driver Program after a competition with other area schools.

Superintendent Walt Skaggs says a combination of education and instilling the importance of safe driving helped accelerate the district to the top of the rankings.

“This money will be used for a scholarship for one of our ‘Staying Clean’ club members, as well as programs that we’re going to bring to the school to help educate other students as well.”

“With this program we came up with, I don't know, it was the first we've done it, and we wanted to see what kind of reaction we would have,” said Ted Showalter, president of Whiteside. “And we blew it out of the water. The schools got involved, the kids got involved, and if we can save one life out of this, then it was all worth it."

Whiteside is joining the initiative for early education on safe driving.

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