Jack Glicker takes safe driving seriously. The Huntington High School senior won the grand prize in the American Automobile Association-Northeast’s traffic safety video contest for his exceptional short film. The award includes a $750 stipend.
The competition was open to high school students in the AAA Northeast’s service area. Contestants were asked to create videos of two minutes that focused on safe driving practices, distracted driving, texting or cell phone use, aggressive driving, alcohol and/or drug awareness and drowsy driving. Judging was based on originality, creativity and the relationship of the video presentation to traffic safety.
Huntington senior Jack Glicker.
“It’s exciting to get this recognition for something I had such a good time making,” Mr. Glicker said. “I’ve tried to take advantage of Huntington’s great art programs while I’m here and contests like this make me glad I did.”
Mr. Glicker has been working with high school art teacher Heather Swan, who leads Huntington’s video arts program. He was recently honored as a Distinguished Senior after compiling a minimum 90 academic average in each of the seven semesters of high school up to this point.
“I think the highlight of the past four years for me was going to Turkey, Greece and Italy on an EF Tours trip with Ms. [Camille] Tedeschi,” Mr. Glicker said. “We did so much in the two weeks. It was an experience that I know will stick with me forever because I think about some part of it at least once a day.”
The teenager is planning to puruse a college major in graphic design and contemplating a minor in marketing. “I’ve always been a visual person and I love working in programs like Photoshop and Illustrator,” Mr. Glicker said. “I’ve created graphic artwork for the robotics team, Relay for Life, student government and other clubs in the school. Last summer I did an internship with a company called Grace Play USA where I was head graphic designer on a team working to create a children’s health game app. It was a great experience and I could definitely see myself having a career doing similar work.”
Mr. Glicker has been reflecting on his future after college. “I want to one day work for a big company like Adidas or Apple that has an impact on people’s daily lives,” he said.