On Monday, May 17, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) joined AAA – The Auto Club Group to grant Ashlyn Drewry the Reduce TN Crashes Scholarship Award. Ms. Drewry will receive $3,000 toward her college education for working with the THSO’s Reduce TN Crashes program to improve driver safety within her local community.
“We are pleased to announce Ashlyn Drewry as the recipient of the Reduce TN Crashes Scholarship Award,” said THSO Director Buddy Lewis. “Eleven high school seniors across Tennessee submitted applications for this scholarship. Ms. Drewry’s application was chosen because she best demonstrated leadership qualities, driver safety skills, school involvement, and volunteerism.”
Ms. Drewry is a graduating senior from McKenzie High School (MHS) who will attend the University of Tennessee at Martin in the Fall of 2021. She was nominated to receive the Reduce TN Crashes Scholarship Award by Ms. Sheila Ridley, School Counselor at MHS. Ms. Drewry is an active member of the Teen Health Council and Youth Leadership Carroll County. She is the Student Council President and a two-time national qualifier for the MHS Beta Club. Ms. Drewry enjoys cheerleading, painting, and spending time with friends, and she has volunteered over 100 community service hours during her high school career.
“AAA is thrilled to reward Ms. Drewry for being so passionate about spreading awareness for teen driver safety,” said Public Affairs Director Stephanie Milani of AAA – The Auto Club Group. “We are honored to sponsor this scholarship and recognize her for going above and beyond by demonstrating her commitment to her community and empowering peers to make safe choices.”
Ms. Drewry has attended two Tennessee Teen Institute (TTI) summer camps where she participated in several Reduce TN Crashes activities, including events hosted by ThinkFast Interactive, Tennessee Operation Lifesaver, Tennessee Trucking Foundation, and more. She used the information she learned at TTI camp to educate her peers at MHS. During the 2019 – 2020 school year, the Teen Health Council at MHS received a “Be in the Zone – Turn Off Your Phone” grant from Ford Driving Skills for Life to educate about distracted driving. Ms. Drewry handled the social media aspect of this grant to share safety tips with students. Ms. Drewry’s leadership and participation in various Reduce TN Crashes activities increased student participation in teen driver safety programs at MHS.
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