First winner of 'What’s on Your Plate?' contest selected

Woman dedicates plate to son killed in auto accident.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 14, 2013

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) has selected its first “What’s on Your Plate?” winner! 

As this quarter’s winner, Kim Oxender of Williams County, will be featured on the BMV’s Web site, Facebook and Twitter pages. Oxender will also receive a decorative license plate with the personalization of her choice.

Oxender was selected from 30 submissions for her powerful story. Oxender chose the Donate Life plate with her son Kaleb’s nickname on it “KBOB.” Kaleb was killed in an auto accident in June 2013. Kaleb was an organ donor, and the same day he died someone received Kaleb's eyes, making it possible to see for the very first time. Someone else received one of Kaleb's heart valves and the family recently received a letter from a pro football player, thanking them for Kaleb's gift of donation, because he needed a tissue transplant of his knee and he received Kaleb's.

The runner-up Bob Schmidt of Licking County, served with the US Army's 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970. His division, known as the Big Red One (BRO), had a motto: "No mission too difficult, No sacrifice too great, Duty First".  His plate, DTY1ST is an excellent way for him to honor the men and women of the BRO.

If you have a unique personalized license plate, inform the BMV by sending a photo of you with your personalized license plate and a brief summary of how you chose your plate’s message. Email the photo and summary to Communications@dps.state.oh.us and you could be featured on BMV’s Facebook page and BMV’s official website. You could also win a decorative plate award with the personalization of your choice! Plates must be current and valid.  Winners will be selected quarterly.

Special license plates may be ordered at any Deputy Registrar, by mail, telephone and through www.OPLATES.com.