FLORIDA EVENTS

2017 Seat Belt Safety Event Countryside HS







Art Contest Winners

ClearWater 2016


1st place - Sophia Ward


2nd place - Citalli Flores-Cruz


3rd place -  Leigha Mack

 

East Lake 2016


1st place -Jessica Akridge


2nd place -Tianna Rose Weikert


3rd place -Emily Walker

 

East Lake 2015


1st place -Emily Allen


2nd place -Dahllia Ismail


3rd place -Emmaline Prothero


Smarties Rule At Countryside High

The Clearwater Police Department, AmeriCorps members, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Mayor George Cretekos took on a sweet task Tuesday afternoon -- educating Countryside High School about the importance of wearing seat belts. The annual Battle of the Belts competition is an educational campaign in conjunction with the Anthony Telesca Foundation to show students the importance of always wearing their seat belts. Students wearing seat belts as they left school this afternoon were given Smarties candy; those not wearing seat belts were given Dum Dums suckers and a reminder to buckle up. Thankfully, and not surprisingly, the Smarties outnumbered the Dum Dums by far at the school. The message is especially important as students get ready for spring break next week. Thanks for being so smart, Countryside!

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2014 East Lake High School Students Make Safe Driving Presentation at Middle School 


2014 Art Contest Winners - Palm Harbor University High School

Masha Cander - 1st

Madde Smiley - 2nd

Janney Karioki - 3rd

 

2014 Art Contest Winners - Clearwater High School

1st place : Annie Muller


2nd place: Ryleigh Long


3rd place: Adrian Head


4th place : Sarah Sebastian

 

2014 Art Contest Winners - East Lake High School

1st place –Kimberly Rosario


2nd place- Sienna Grisanti


3rd place –Kenya Howard


2014 Seat Belt Safety Event

On 11/5/14 at Safety Harbor Middle School the Anthony Telesca Foundation partnered with Countryside High School SADD club to promote wearing seatbelts. We educated parents and middle school age children on the importance of wearing their seatbelt by passing out smarties candies (for wearing seat belts) and dum-dum loli pops (for not wearing seat belts). The event was well received by all involved.

Countryside SADD Club:
Dasha Seymore
Ci-Ara Colletion
Bridget Atterbury
Carly Harris
Isabella Hill
Cynthia Faulkner
Ella Gilbert
Jeana Fraser

Countryside Administration:
Maria Andersen - Art Department
Officer Cathi Long - School Resource Officer



Florida Events - 2014 High School Banners


Clearwater High School Banner


Countryside High School Banner


Dunedin High School Banner


East Lake High School Banner


Palm Harbor High School Banner


 

TELESCA FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES SAFE DRIVING ART CONTEST WINNERS FROM EAST LAKE HIGH SCHOOL

On February 27, 2013, the Anthony Telesca Foundation and Knology, a corporate supporter, presented Laura Davis and Alena Schlenker of East Lake High School with awards for their winning entries in the Anthony Telesca Foundation Safe Driving Art Contest. Laura Davis received a prize of two round trip airline tickets, generously donated by JetBlue Airways, and $200 for her first place entry, and Alena Schlenker received $100 for her second place entry.

Gabby Haimes, the 2013 Anthony Telesca Foundation Marketing Message Winner, received $500 for her entry.

Principal Bob Poth of East Lake High School is a strong advocate of teenager safe driving.

The awards were based on a competition to design a poster that effectively communicates to teenagers the dangers of unsafe driving practices. The Telesca Foundation also provided $500 to the East Lake High School art department and driver's education department on behalf of the two winners.

The Anthony Telesca Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with public safety and law enforcement organizations, high school districts and community business leaders to help educate and encourage teenagers to drive safely. For more information and to view the winning entries from the participating high schools, visit www.anthonytelesca.org.

Pictured left to right: Angelo Telesca, 2013 Marketing Message winner Gabby Haimes with her winning entry, 1st Place winner Laura Davis with her winning entry, 2nd Place winner Alena Schlenker with her winning entry and Principal Bob Poth.


2012 Art Contest 

TELESCA FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES SAFE DRIVING ART CONTEST WINNERS FROM COUNTRYSIDE HIGH SCHOOL 

On January 8, 2013, the Anthony Telesca Foundation and Knology, a corporate supporter, presented Brianna Kurzynowski and Ashley Weltz of Countryside High School with awards for their winning entries in the Anthony Telesca Foundation Safe Driving Art Contest.  Brianna Kurzynowski received a prize of two round trip airline tickets, generously donated by JetBlue Airways, and $200 for her first place entry, and Ashley Weltz received $100 for her second place entry.

Principal Gerald Schlereth and State Representative Carl Zimmermann, who is also a teacher at Countryside High School, are both strong proponents of teenager safe driving and participated in the presentation of awards.

The awards were based on a competition to design a poster that effectively communicates to teenagers the dangers of unsafe driving practices.  The Telesca Foundation also provided $500 to the Countryside High School art department on behalf of the two winners.

The Anthony Telesca Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with public safety and law enforcement organizations, high school districts and community business leaders to help educate and encourage teenagers to drive safely.  For more information and to view the winning entries from the participating high schools, visit www.anthonytelesca.org.

Pictured left to right: Richard Lightle of Knology, Principal Gerald Schlereth, 1st place winner Brianna Kurzynowski with her winning entry, 2nd place winner Ashley Weltz with her winning entry, State Representative and teacher Carl Zimmermann, and Angelo Telesca.


The Anthony Telesca Foundation 2013 Marketing Message Winner - Gabby Haimes of East Lake High School.  Ms. Haimes will receive $500 and her art contest entry will be adapted by KNOLOGY as a Public Service Announcement (TV commercial) to run on KNOLOGY Cable TV channels.  This selection was made by the Anthony Telesca Foundation Board or Directors.

The ATF 2013 Marketing Message Runner Up - Holly Arnold of Dunedin High School.  Ms. Arnold will receive two JetBlue round trip airline tickets.  This selection was made by the Anthony Telesca Foundation Board or Directors.



The 1st and 2nd place Facebook "Like" winners for the 2012 Anthony Telesca Foundation Safe Driving Art Contest are listed below by school.  Each 1st place winner will receive a prize of two JetBlue round trip airline tickets and $200; each 2nd place winner will receive $100.  
 
CLEARWATER HS

1st Place - Katie Panagiotopoulos



2nd Place  - Jacie Parsons


 
 COUNTRYSIDE HS
1st Place - Brianna Kurzynowski


2nd Place - Ashley Weltz


 
DUNEDIN HS
1st Place - Sean McGowan


2nd Place - Holly Arnold, Catherine Lang, Sano Spoto and Robin Sutton tied for second place and will split the $100 award.







 
EAST LAKE HS
1st Place - Laura Davis


2nd Place - Alena Schlenker


 
LARGO HS
1st Place - Cambry Gordon


2nd Place - Yacinia Colachio


The Anthony Telesca Foundation, with the assistance of State Farm Agent Lizette Cochran, coordinated with several State Farm Agents to make safe driving presentations to driver education classes at local high schools in conjunction with National Teen Safe Driving Week (Oct. 14-20, 2012).  Our sincere thanks to State Farm Agent Lizette Cochran for arranging for the presentations by herself and State Farm Agents Craig Duncan, Dan Flynn, Pam Leonard-Williams and Cindy Wilson and her Office Representative, Christy Jones.  We commend these folks for taking time from their busy work schedules to “give back” to the community by educating and encouraging safe driving habits with our teenagers.

L to R - Driver Ed instructor Bob Beckman, State Farm Agent Pam Leonard-Williams and Angelo Telesca at Dunedin High School on October 25, 2012

L to R - Driver Ed instructor John Baker, State Farm Agent Cindy Wilson, State Farm Office Representative Christy Jones and Angelo Telesca at Palm Harbor University High School on October 18, 2012.

L to R - Driver Ed instructor Jim Casey and Angelo Telesca at Largo High School on October 17, 2012. State Farm Agent Dan Flynn had to reschedule due to a conflict.

L to R - Driver Ed instructors Kevin O'Sullivan and Scott Hernon, State Farm Agent Craig Duncan, SRO John Cavaliere and Angelo Telesca at Countryside High School on October 16, 2012.

L to R - Driver Ed instructors Terry Small and Brian Riley, State Farm Agent Lizette Cochran and Angelo Telesca at East Lake High School on October 16, 2012.


On June 5, 2012, the Anthony Telesca Foundation and corporate sponsor KNOLOGY presented School Resource Officer Mark Dakoski of Largo High School with $1,000 for his work with students to promote teenage safe driving during the 2011-2012 school year.  The award is to be used at his discretion on behalf of the student body at Largo High School.

 
The award was based on a competition between Clearwater, Countryside, Dunedin, East Lake, Largo and Palm Harbor University High Schools to encourage the most students to view a teenager safe driving website and to complete a driving safety survey.   Officer Dakoski and Key Club advisor Richard Rippetoe were instrumental in fully engaging the members of the Key Club to support and promote the safe driving survey among their classmates.  Largo High School won this award due to significant student participation. 
 
The Anthony Telesca Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with public safety and law enforcement organizations, high school districts, and community business leaders to help educate and encourage teenagers to practice safe driving skills and to use their seat belts.  The Foundation's vision is to help prevent reckless teenage driving and thus save lives. 

Pictured left to right is KNOLOGY representative Jennifer Jordan, Key Club members Aaron Pleasant, Emilie Davis, Adam Baker, Key Club Advisor Richard Rippetoe, Kimberly Tavares, Jennifer Tran, Kevin Klapka, Melanie Rodriguez and School Resource Officer Mark Dakoski 


June 5, 2012 - Congratulations to Cassandra "Casey" Holcomb of Largo High School for submitting the best response to the Teenage Driver Safety Quiz and Essay Challenge sponsored by the Anthony Telesca Foundation and corporate sponsor KNOLOGY.  For her winning entry, Casey was presented with a $500 gift card by KNOLOGY representative Jennifer Jordan on June 5, 2012. Casey is a very creative and talented writer as evidenced by her response to the question: When Your Friend says “Stop complaining about my driving, we’re getting there first.”  Casey responded with the following essay:

I sigh and look out my window before looking back at my friend who is driving the car.  Their foot is pressed firmly on the accelerator, causing our speed to be twenty over the limit.  I know this isn't safe.  That's what I had just told them.  I had also told them I didn't want to die.  That's when they had replied to me "Stop complaining about my driving, we're getting there first." What?  Are you serious?  I need to stop complaining about your driving because you think this is a race?  Not a chance.  "Oh right. I'll just stop complaining about your driving."  They rolled their eyes at me and didn't respond.  "I hope when we crash you live.  That way you can be the one to tell my mom what happened to me.  Tell her I love her too while you're at it."  My friend's hands gripped the steering wheel tighter.  I wasn't sure if it was because I had gotten to them or if they were just angry at me, either way I kept going.  "Actually, why don't you be the one to drop my body off at my family’s house.  If it's not horribly mutilated that is.  How do you think we'll crash?  Do you think we'll crash into a tree?  Maybe a street light?  There were three boys at my old school that crashed into a street light at night; a transformer fell on their car.  If you can't tell they died.  It was terrible.  Everyone mourned their death.  Do you think people will miss us if we die?"  I gave my friend a curious look.  You could easily see their expression was strained. They didn't like this conversation. It was getting worse and worse.  "I wonder if you would be speeding like this if your little brother was in the car with you right now.  Would you?  Okay, you still might.  But what if you heard your little brother was in the car with someone who was speeding 20 miles over the speed limit?  You would tell him to get out of the car right?  That it isn't safe, right?"  I shook my head.  They had begun to slow down, going the legal limit of speed now.  It seemed like I had finally gotten through to them.  "Getting there first isn't worth two lives is it?"  My friend shook their head slowly, eyes locked on the road.  "No... It isn't.  I'm sorry.  Now can you PLEASE stop talking like that?  It's depressing me."  I laughed softly and patted them on the shoulder.  "Yeah man, just keep driving like a normal person."

Depicted in the photograph (left to right) is Largo School Resource Officer Mark Dakoski, 2012 essay winner Cassandra Holcomb and KNOLOGY representative Jennifer Jordan.


On May 26, 2012, 97X (Tampa Bay’s New Rock Alternative) hosted their annual Memorial Day weekend BACKYARD BBQ and concert at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Members, family, friends and supporters of the Anthony Telesca Foundation volunteered at the event for the purpose of raising funds to further promote our mission to encourage, educate and reward teenagers for practicing safe driving habits.  Teen drivers account for only 6% of the drivers on the road, yet teens are involved in 18% of the accidents and 14% of the fatalities. This is an issue that touches all of our lives at one point or another.  Thanks to family, friends and supporters of the Anthony Telesca Foundation, and a special thanks to KNOLOGY for their continued support of our mission! 


On April 9, 2012, the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club at East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs hosted a Seatbelt Safety Event on behalf of the Anthony Telesca Foundation and their corporate sponsor, Knology.  School Resource Officers Kurt Frazho and Jim Wilson, both deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, monitored the event as the SADD students encouraged student seatbelt use as drivers departed campus after school. 

 
Pictured left to right are Meagan Militello, Allie DiSanto , Shivani Trivedi, Holly Minton, Ryan Gregorio, Yasmin Gonzalez, Christie Waterson, Madison Vorbrich, Alexis Floras, Alyssa Militello and SRO Deputy Kurt Frazho.


On April 11, 2012, the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club at Countryside High School in Clearwater held a Seatbelt Safety Event on behalf of the Anthony Telesca Foundation and their corporate sponsor, Knology.  School Resource Officer (SRO) John Cavaliere of the Clearwater Police Department, Angelo Telesca and Richard Lightle of Knology monitored the event as the SADD students encouraged student seatbelt use as drivers departed campus after school. 
 
Pictured left to right are School Resource Officer (SRO) John Cavaliere, Corey Zallis, Cody Simpson, Zhaina Parrish, Hannah Fraccalvieri, Molly Curls, Rachel McKeever, Mary Schwerer, Sandy Keelin, Gianna Movgado, Lauren Hall and Richard Lightle of Knology.  The students are wearing shirts that say "GET CAUGHT Wearing Your Seatbelt."   


On April 12, 2012, the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club at Dunedin High School in Dunedin held a Seatbelt Safety Event on behalf of the Anthony Telesca Foundation and their corporate sponsor, Knology.  School Resource Officers (SRO) Deputy Jim Miller and Deputy Walt Bonasoro of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office monitored the event as the SADD students encouraged student seatbelt use as drivers departed campus after school. 

Pictured left to right are SRO Deputy Jim Miller, Hannah Welsh, Peyton Bock, Karelyn Miller, Kyle Reedy, Chelsea Gow, SRO Deputy Walt Bonasoro, Andrea Williams and Erica Davis.  The students are wearing shirts that say "GET CAUGHT Wearing Your Seatbelt." 


On April 17, 2012, members of the Key Club at Largo High School in Largo held a Seatbelt Safety Event on behalf of the Anthony Telesca Foundation and their corporate sponsor, Knology.  School Resource Officer (SRO) Mark Dakoski and others from the Largo Police Department and representatives from Knology monitored the event as the Key Club members encouraged student seatbelt use as drivers departed campus after school. 

Pictured left to right wearing GET CAUGHT Wearing Your Seatbelt shirts are Aaron Pleasant, Kevin Klapka, Rachael Walsh, Marcus Morgan, Yacinia Colacchio, Daniel Jewett, Jasmine Pleasant, Officer Mark Dakoski and Adam Baker.


On April 18, 2012, members of the AmeriCorps Program who are serving with the Clearwater Police Department assisted with a Seatbelt Safety Event at Clearwater High School on behalf of the Anthony Telesca Foundation and their corporate sponsor, Knology.  School Resource Officer (SRO) Joshua Jewitt of the Clearwater Police Department monitored the event as the AmeriCorps members encouraged student seatbelt use as drivers departed campus after school. 

Pictured left to right are AmeriCorps members Paige Szymaniak, Kelly Pierce, Nick Castillo, Ingrid Morales and School Resource Officer Joshua Jewitt.


Winners for the Anthony Telesca Foundation Art 2011 Art Contest:

1st Place: Alex Trump (East lake High School)

2nd Place: Madison Vorbrich (East Lake High School)

3rd Place: Ester Kang (Countryside High School)


2011 Seat Belt Safety Event - Dunedin High School



 


 

2011 Banners

Dunedin HS Palm Harbor University HS Palm Harbor University HS    

2011 97X Backyard BBQ

 


2010 Art Contests
 
The Anthony Telesca Foundation sponsored art contests at East Lake, Countryside, Largo and Clearwater High Schools to educate and encourage teenagers to drive safe. The art contests were successful and will be continued in 2011.  The foundation also presented the high schools with a $500 donation to the school art department, a $500 donation to the driver education department and awarded several students with gift certificates for their winning entries. Below are the winning entries for each high school.

Clearwater High School - 2010 Art Contests



Pictured left to right are Jennifer Jordan of Knology and Justin Seeling, Jessica King, Erin McGregor and Albert Rophie. Justin Seeling was presented the grand prize of a $200 gift certificate and Jessica King, Erin McGregor and Albert Rophie each received $100 gift certificates.

Countryside High School - 2010 Art Contests



Pictured left to right are Jordaine Case, Hannah Sacco, Jordan St. John, Juan Murcia and Richard Lightle of Knology. Jordan St. John was presented the grand prize of a $200 gift certificate and Jordaine Case, Hannah Sacco and Juan Murcia each received $100 gift certificates.

Largo High School - 2010 Art Contests



Pictured left to right are LHS art instructors Latonya Hicks and Lisa Bagley, Principal Marjorie Sundstrom, Sarah McKay, Lydia Alejandro, Cody Peterson, Mytru Khang, Richard Lightle of Knology and art instructor Aaron Tallbaka. Sarah McKay was presented the grand prize of a $200 gift certificate and Lydia Alejandro, Cody Peterson and Mytru Khang each received $100 gift certificates.

East Lake High School - 2010 Art Contests


Pictured left to right are ELHS Principal Robert Poth, Lauren Miller, Alicia Mohacsi, Molly Cord, Aaron Horne and Richard Lightle of Knology. Lauren Miller was presented the grand prize of a $200 gift certificate and Alicia Mohacsi, Molly Cord and Aaron Horne each received $100 gift certificates



The back to school season is upon us and the Anthony Telesca Memorial Foundation is excited to announce our participation in the September Round of the Pepsi Refresh Project. Pepsi is giving away millions in grants to top vote-getting ideas that refresh individuals and communities.

Our idea, "I want to Provide Seatbelt Safety and Defensive Driving Events to 4 Schools." will be eligible for voting everyday next month beginning September 1, 2010 at the following link:

http://www.refresheverything.com/anthonytelesca

To learn more about our idea to help raise awareness for safer roads, videos can be viewed at the following link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbRxDRclSkc

Please feel free to share this idea with family and friends via your favorite social media platforms (i.e. Facebook, Twitter).

Thank you in advance for taking the time and opportunity to vote for our idea in September. With your support and consistent votes, we would be delighted to deliver these safe driving events to help benefit students at our local high schools in Pinellas County, FL.



During May 2010, seat belt safety events were held at East Lake and Countryside High Schools, under the direct supervision of local law enforcement officials. Student/teenage drivers were rewarded for wearing seat belts and were provided an opportunity to win awards ranging from $25 to up to $500 gift cards including a netbook computer (provided by Knology). 

2010 East Lake Seat Belt Safety Event


2010 Countryside Seat Belt Safety Event




Left to right..........

 
Richard Lightle - Knology & Foundation Advisor
John Cavaliere - Clearwater Police Officer & School Resource Officer
Gary SchlerethCountryside High School Principal
Angelo Telesca - Foundation Chairman



2010 97X Backyard BBQ




2010 Banners

Clearwater HS

Countryside HS East Lake HS Largo HS

 

2009 Art Contests
 
The Anthony Telesca Foundation sponsored art contests at East Lake, Countryside, and Clearwater High Schools to educate and encourage teenagers to drive safe. The art contests were successful and will be continued in 2010. The winning entries for each high school are as follows:

Clearwater High School - click thumbnails to enlarge

Countryside High School - click thumbnails to enlarge

East Lake High School


2009 97X Backyard BBQ
 
On May 23rd, 97X held their 3rd Annual Backyard BBQ at Vinoy Park, located in St. Petersburg. To see pictures of this event, click here http://97xonline.com/sightsandsounds/



2008 Halo 3 Tournament

 
On Saturday, December 13th, 97X and Knology hosted a Halo 3 Tournament at the DPad on US 19 and Tampa Rd.  Halo 3 is a leading Xbox 360 game.  48, 4 person, teams competed for the right to call themselves “Halo Champions”.  This event was in support of the Anthony Telesca Foundation, which is committed to spreading the message about teen safe driving.  Additional sponsors are TBT and The Art Institute of Tampa.   CLICK HERE to view introductory video and photos from the event.