DETROIT (WWJ) – High school students in Detroit have opportunity to win a $25,000 college scholarship by creating a life-saving message for their peers.

The Morse Code contest challenges High school juniors and seniors to convey a message on the dangers of distracted driving. The students can do this through an audio, video or graphic essay.

WWJ’s Chrystal Knight spoke with Michael Morse, a local attorney who is sponsoring the contest in partnership with the Detroit Public Schools, DPS Foundation and the United Way.

“It was my belief that if the students come up with the messages, the students come up with the videos, that they’re going to be able to speak better to their peers than someone like myself or someone their parents’ age,” Morse said, adding that students are excited about the project.

“They seem enthusiastic and now they have to go to work and they have to come up with something creative to win the scholarship money and hopefully persuade their peers to stop doing this behavior,” he said.

A winner will be announced in April.

The application and more contest details are available at

Comments (2)
  1. Aly says:

    Hi there – I work for a personal injury firm here in Houston and we’ve seen the number of injuries and cases involving texting and driving, or distracted driving, increase significantly. Its great to see a program that actively engages teens in stopping this dangerous practice. Well done Mr. Morse and DPS!

    Anyways, thanks for sharing! – Aly

    1. marcy hayes says:

      Thanks Aly – it’s a growing problem and we can only hope these students will create inspiring messages that can make a difference!

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