Ryan Buckholtz, a senior at Glenelg High School, was named a distinguished finalist this week in the annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards competition for his work in providing teen-agers with safe driving tips.
The awards recognize the top youth volunteers in middle schools and high schools across the nation, and Ryan is one of four distinguished finalists in Maryland and the only one in Howard.
Ryan, 17, developed an Internet home-page that provides tips for beginning drivers, partly in response to the large number of traffic accidents that have occurred among western Howard students.
The Internet page lists ways that new drivers can avoid accidents. More than 60,000 people have looked at the tips, Ryan said.
"Teens can look at this on their own time and they don't feel pressured by their parents or anyone else," said Ryan, who lives in the Sykesville area. "They can ask questions and feel comfortable doing it."
Ryan will receive a bronze medallion as part of his award. The competition is sponsored by the Prudential Insurance Co. of America and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. More than 15,000 students entered the contest.
The four distinguished finalists are essentially runners-up. Two other Maryland students were selected as state honorees and will go to the state competition.
Ryan's home-page can be found at www.ai.net/[tilda]ryanb.
Pub Date: 2/13/97