Jefferson County Teen Recognized at Governor’s Residence for Winning Entry in School Bus Safety Poster Contest

HARRISBURG, Pa. (EYT) – A Jefferson County girl was recognized on Monday at the Governor’s Residence for her winning entry in the school bus safety poster contest.

In a ceremony at the Governor’s Residence, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Deputy Secretary for Driver and Vehicle Services Kurt Myers joined other Pennsylvania school bus safety advocates to underscore the Wolf Administration’s commitment to highway safety by honoring nine students for communicating important school bus safety messages, and six school bus drivers for their superior driving skills.

The students, in kindergarten through eighth grade, were recognized for their winning entries in the 2018 School Bus Safety Poster Contest.

The theme for this year’s contest – “My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!” – reflects the commitment school bus drivers show daily to both parents and students.

“By taking part in the poster contest, these young artists help us share important safety messages through their creations,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “Their talent and creativity illustrate the trust families and students place each day in the skills of our school bus drivers and their commitment to ensuring the safety of our most precious assets while delivering them to and from school and extracurricular activities.”

This year’s winners were chosen from 352 public and private school student entries. The first-place entries will be forwarded to a national competition to be judged at the end of this month.

Attending the ceremonies were: (Front row, L to R) Division 1 – 2nd Place, Amanda Sommer, Conneaut Valley Elementary School, Conneautville; Division 1 – 3rd Place, Kaylynn Fidler, Pine Grove Area Elementary School, Pine Grove; Division 1 – 1st Place, Maya Bearden, Eagleville Elementary School, Eagleville. (Back row, L to R) Kara Templeton, Director, Bureau of Driver Licensing, PennDOT; Division 2 – 3rd Place, Lee Edgell, Friendship Hill Elementary School, Point Marion; Division 3 – 1st Place, Lauren Schmader, St. Brockway Area Jr/Sr High School, Brockway; Division 3 – 2nd Place, Desteny Keiser, Upper Dauphin Area Middle School, Lykens; Division 3 – 3rd Place, Emalie Brown, Upper Dauphin Area Middle School, Lykens: Division 2, 1st Place, Alivia Spitz, Reiffton School, Reading; Capt. Robert Krol, Assistant Director, Bureau of Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police. Not pictured: Division 2 – 2nd Place, Sally Nguyen, Reiffton School, Reading.

2018 School Bus Safety Poster Contest Winners include:

Kindergarten – Grade 2

First Place: Maya Bearden, Eagleville Elementary School, Eagleville, Montgomery County

Second Place: Amanda Sommer, Conneaut Valley Elementary School, Conneautville, Crawford County

Third Place: Kaylynn Fidler, Pine Grove Area Elementary School, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County

Grades 3 – 5

First Place: Alivia Spitz, Reiffton School, Reading, Berks County

Second Place: Sally Nguyen Reiffton School, Reading, Berks County

Third Place: Lee Edgell, Friendship Hill Elementary School, Port Marion, Fayette County

Grades 6 – 8

First Place: Lauren Schmader, Brockway Area Jr/Sr High School, Brockway, Jefferson County

Second Place: Desteny Keiser, Upper Dauphin Area Middle School, Lykens, Dauphin County

Third Place: Emalie Brown, Upper Dauphin Area Middle School, Lykens, Dauphin County

Also during today’s ceremony, PennDOT Bureau of Driver Licensing Director Kara Templeton and Captain Robert Krol, assistant director of the Bureau of Patrol for the Pennsylvania State Police, presented certificates and governor’s citations to six school bus drivers for winning the 2018 Pennsylvania School Bus Driver Safety Competition. Held each June, the competition tests school bus drivers’ knowledge of safety rules and safe operation of their buses.

“These drivers serve as a model for all school bus drivers and this recognition further reinforces the trust parents have in them,” said Capt. Krol. “Bus drivers do an extraordinary job every day ensuring the safety of our children as they travel to and from school.”

2018 PA School Bus Driver Safety Competition Winners:

Conventional Bus

First Place: Shanon O’Brien, Chester County; Krapf Bus Companies

Second Place: Larry Hannon, Sr., Bucks County; Centennial School District

Third Place: Larry Hannon, Jr., Bucks County; Centennial School District

Transit Style Bus

First Place: Michael Webster, Lebanon County; Brightbill Transportation

Second Place: Ruth Del Vecchio, Chester County; Krapf Bus Companies

Third Place: Beth McGowan, Montgomery County; Lower Merion School District

Working with other government agencies and school bus safety partners, PennDOT will present a social media campaign for School Bus Safety Week. Join PennDOT in this important conversation by using the hashtag #PASchoolBusSafety.

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