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Beebe School Students take 1st & 2nd Place in Tri-State Contest

Monday, June 19, 2017

Two students from Mr. David Legere’s seventh grade Technology/Engineering classes at the Beebe School put their acquired skills in communication technologies into real world practice. A contest presented by AAA New England in traffic safety was their challenge. Traffic and pedestrian crashes are one of the leading causes of injury and death for children ages 5 to 18. AAA New England’s goal is that students in grades K-12 will reflect on their own behavior regarding safety and will use their creativity to demonstrate safe behavior while encouraging the public about ways to stay safe and prevent injuries.

Beebe School Principal Susan Vatalaro was extremely proud to learn that students Crystal Wang won first place in the middle school division and was awarded $300 and Jing Ren placed second and was awarded $200. Crystal's poster was to remind drivers of the importance of leaving their phones in their pocket or out of sight while driving. Finalists were posted to the AAA website and the public was encouraged to vote during a seven-day period to choose the winners. Representatives from AAA New England traveled to Malden from Rhode Island to present the students with a plaque and a check. Mayor Christenson was on hand to offer his congratulations. Crystal and Jing not only won first and second place, but they were the two top winners from all of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The AAA representatives noted how unusual it was for the first and second prize winners to come from the same school considering the contest covered three states! Winning posters will be showcased in a 2018 calendar and will be included in AAA’s safety education programs. All of the winning artwork can be viewed at

(From left) Mr. David Legere, students Crystal Wang and Jin Ren and Mayor Christenson with the winning posters

Crystal Wang's first place poster

Jing Ren's second place poster

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Courtesy photos