The Utah Department of Transportation is inviting high school students to participate in a national essay contest offering cash and other prizes to winners.

The contest is for 11th and 12th grade students on the subject of "Transportation and America - They Go Together."UDOT will give $300 to the first place winner and $150 each to the two runners-up, said spokesman Kim Morris. The Utah winner then will be entered in a national competition, with a shot at the top prize of $1,000 and an expenses-paid trip to Atlanta.

The national contest is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Entries will be accepted through June 1.