Mohonasen High School students raced to safety this week during the annual Battle of the Belts competition. Teams of four students rotated in and out of each seat in a van, fastening and unfastening their seat belts in each station, vying for the fastest time.
Sponsored by the Mohonasen High School chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the event stemmed from the Sean’s Run fundraiser, a 5K run/walk in memory of Sean French, a Chatham High School student who passed away as a result of a drunk driving accident in 2002. As prom season approaches, the event hopes to raise awareness about seat belt safety and encourage teens to make informed choices on the road.
While several students took part in the competition to the cheers of encouragement from their friends in the crowd, only the fastest team will head to the World Championship Battle of the Belts to compete against other safety-savvy youth groups on Sunday, April 24 in Chatham. After the winning student team was announced, even Mohonasen faculty and staff members joined the cause and put their buckling skills to the test in an unranked exhibition match.