Two students take top honors in ARTBA video contest

_origin_Uncle-Sam-Want-You-21A high school student from Pennsylvania and an undergraduate student from Florida Polytechnic Institute were named winners of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) 4th annual “Student Transportation Video Contest.

The contest aimed to raise awareness about infrastructure issues by challenging students to develop a brief video exploring various topics relating to America’s transportation network.  Students were able to choose their own subject matter, with most focusing on how transportation infrastructure is built and paid for, the impacts of traffic congestion, transportation and urban development plans, and the public’s perception of transportation development.

Both winners received a $500 cash prize.

Ty Miller, a senior at Boyertown Area Senior High School, won the category for elementary, middle or high school students with his video entitled “Infrastructure: the Unsung Hero.” Watch the video below:

His video discusses how the construction of bridges, canals, waterways, railways, airports and roads are the “unsung heroes” of our society, spurring economic development, providing freedom of mobility and uniting the country.

Second in the category went to Hill Chang of High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. His video, “The Million Mile Problem,” can be seen below:

Aubury Erickson, a freshman at Florida Polytechnic University, won the category for post-secondary, college or graduate students. Her video, entitled “Our Deficient Transportation Infrastructure,” highlights the nation’s transportation funding challenges, lack of investment and the importance of maintaining a well-developed and sufficient transportation network. You can watch her video below:

David Baril took home second place with his video (seen below) entitled, “The Cars of the Future-Engineering.” He’s an animation major at Southwest University of Visual Arts in Glendale, Arizona.