Hollidaysburg � Representatives from PennDOT and the PA DUI Association recognized Douglas Longwill, an Altoona Area High School Senior for his efforts to encourage other teens not to drink and drive.
Longwill entered the �Words to be Heard� scholarship contest sponsored by the Edgar Snyder & Associates law firm that required students to write a proposal for a program that would �effectively teach pre-teens and teenagers the consequences of underage drinking.� Longwill�s proposal featured the Pullayouee Campaign, sponsored by the PA DUI Association.
The Pullayouee Campaign challenges 16-20 year olds to re-think their perceptions about alcohol use and underage drinking and driving. Last year in Pennsylvania there were 869 crashes that involved a 16 � 20 year old drinking driver, resulting in 23 fatalities. In Blair County there were eight crashes that thankfully resulted in no fatalities.
Last September, The Pullayouee Campaign came to Blair County and the Altoona Area High School was one of the first to participate. Longwill and some of his friends from the High School Band and the High School Cheerleaders spoke at a press conference to kick-off the campaign. Although the campaign moved on, it left an impression on Longwill. His proposal to Edgar Snyder & Associates awarded him a first place scholarship worth $2500 to help further his education.
Longwill will be attending the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the fall, majoring in Psychology.