Students, have you ever have a friend harmed from distracted driving? Students can now either write an essay or create a video to convince others not to drive distracted.

Missouri high school-age students are encouraged to write an essay or produce a 60 – 90-second video to answer the question, “What is the most persuasive argument to convince people not to drive distracted?”

The effort is part of the It Can Wait campaign between AT&T, the Missouri Press Association and Missouri newspapers including The Rolla Daily News.

Entries are due by Monday, April 15 and can be emailed to; submitted to the Rolla Daily News office at 101 West 7th St., Rolla, Mo. 65401; or mailed to P.O. Box 808, Rolla, MO 65402.

Video entries should also include a transcript. Entries in both the essay and video contests should include citations for any information referenced, with citations for video entries included in the transcript.

The local essay and video winners will each receive a $100 gift card and have their essay/ video featured on the front page of the print and online editions of The Rolla Daily News and on The Rolla Daily News’ Facebook page.

Local winners will be passed on to the Missouri Press Association for statewide judging. The statewide essay winner will receive $1,000 and the video winner will earn $500.

For more information, call the newspaper office at 573-364-2468 or e-mail