The winner is...Danielle Osowski of Grafton.
Osowski is one of 20 middle school students in North Dakota to win an
award for writing an essay about "Why I Wear My Seatbelt."
Osowski says in her essay and in an interview with KXPO that one reason
is her father was in an accident when he wasn't wearing his seatbelt. Osowski says
when she was in first grade her father got into a traffic accident and he wasn't
buckled up. She says that was "very, very hard" for her. Osowski says she
always told her dad to buckle up because she was concerned for his safety.
The one time he forgot, he got into a traffic accident and was injured. Osowski
says that had a huge effect on her. She says now her father never forgets to
Osowski says her dad's fine now, after being injured.
Osowski says she'd tell her fellow students who don't wear seatbelts
to buckle up, every trip, every time. She says she's had friends who've not
worn their seatbelts and they've been injured in an accident. Osowski says
accidents can happen any day at any time.
Osowski is an eighth grader at Grafton Central Middle School.
North Dakota Department of Transportation Safety Director Mark Nelson
came to Central Middle School Tuesday to inform students about Osowski's winning