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Past champs take top titles again in bus safety competition

By Thomas McMahon


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At the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, Larry Hannon of Pennsylvania placed first in the conventional category — his ninth win. He is seen here with outgoing NSTA President Magda Dimmendaal.

At the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, Larry Hannon of Pennsylvania placed first in the conventional category — his ninth win. He is seen here with outgoing NSTA President Magda Dimmendaal.

TULSA, Okla. — Nearly 100 school bus drivers from across the U.S. and Canada gathered here last weekend to prove their skills at the 2013 School Bus Driver International Safety Competition.

In the competition, hosted by the National School Transportation Association, a few familiar names drove their way to the top spots.

Larry Hannon of Pennsylvania placed first in the conventional category — his ninth win. Antonio Perez of California won the transit category for the second year in a row.

Here are the top competitors for the three categories:

Conventional (Type C)
1. Larry Hannon, Centennial School District, Warminster, Pa.
2. Billy Wiseman, Kanawha County Schools, Charleston, W.Va.
3. Michael Graham, Cobb County School District, Marietta, Ga.

Small Bus
1. John Labus, Cabell County Schools, Huntington, W.Va.
2. Mary Slate, Kanawha County Schools, Charleston, W.Va.
3. Russell Altizer, Montgomery County Public Schools, Christiansburg, Va.

Transit (Type D)
1. Antonio Perez, San Dieguito Union High School District, Encinitas, Calif.
2. John Welsh, Lower Merion School District, Ardmore, Pa.
3. Catherine Francis, Beaverton (Ore.) School District


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Our good buddy and fellow driver Benny Mcdowell of Jackson, Mo. finished 5th this year in transit. It was his first year for internationals. Lots of hard work but paid off nicely for him. I participated in Millwakee last year. Wonderful event. It makes everyone a better and safer driver overall.

Rick    |    Jul 26, 2013 12:12 PM

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