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U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Winners of 2020 Road Safety National Student Art Contest

Monday, September 28, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced the winners of the 2020 Road Safety Student Art Contest.  Top honors were awarded to Gianna Liu, a second grade student from Hillsborough, New Jersey, and Sanjana Arudala, a sixth grade student from Irving, Texas. 

“This year’s winners show that it’s never too early to make road safety a top priority,” said FMCSA Deputy Administrator Wiley Deck. “The impressive artwork from these students will help effectively communicate FMCSA’s important safety messages to motorists throughout the country.”

The contest was open to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Student entries focused on educating passenger vehicle drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians to coexist on the same roadways as commercial motor vehicles and work together to reduce crashes.

The contest is organized by FMCSA’s Our Roads, Our Safety Partnership, which includes more than 30 other government, safety, industry, and private organizations. These partnerships are essential to amplifying the safety messages about buckling up and understanding the challenges and special considerations when traveling near or around buses and large trucks.

The two grand prize winning entries will hang in FMCSA’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The entries from the following 12 students (two grand prize and 10 honorable mention entries) will be featured in the 2021 Road Safety art contest calendar:

  • Gianna Liu, 2nd Grade, Hillsborough, New Jersey (Grand Prize Winner)

  • Sanjana Arudala, 6th Grade, Irving, Texas (Grand Prize Winner)

K-2nd Grade Honorable Mention

  • Ana Pinto, 2nd Grade, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Hsing-Yu Liu, 2nd Grade, San Jose, California

  • Pranav Balakrishnan, 1st Grade, Plano, Texas

  • Ryan Mastropierro, 2nd Grade, Barnegat, New Jersey

  • S.S. Shiva Haritha, Kindergarten, Schaumburg, Illinois

3rd – 6th Grade Honorable Mention

  • Adithi Vattem, 5th Grade, McDonald, Pennsylvania

  • Bella Lee, 5th Grade, Dublin, Ohio

  • Michelle Chen, 4th Grade, Lewisville, Texas

  • Preetiggah Sudhakar, 3rd Grade, Simpsonville, South Carolina

  • Riya Karadge, 6th  Grade, Clifton Park, New York

To learn more about the Road Safety Student Art Contest and to see the winning entries, visit

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