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NSTA Convention Features Notable News, Events

The association reveals that the Transportation Security Administration has completed its pupil transportation security assessment. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new initiative to improve large bus and truck safety is discussed. Attendees also celebrate two industry veterans who are retiring.

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NSTA Green School Bus Fleet Certification recipients were recognized during the awards ceremony as well. The program recognizes NSTA members for their efforts to operate environmentally-friendly school buses.

The companies that received certification at gold, silver and bronze levels were:
• Dousman Transportation, Hartland, Wis.
• Hendrickson Bus Corp., Bayville, N.C.
• Huntington Coach Corp., East Northport, N.Y.
• Huntington Coach LLC, Manhasset, N.Y.
• Latino Express, Chicago
• National Express Corp. at locations in Beaufort, S.C.; Carson, Calif.; Davenport, Iowa; Hind County, Miss.; Indianapolis; Memphis, Tenn.; Norwalk, Calif.; Oxnard, Calif.; Rosemead, Calif.; San Bernardino, Calif.; and Van Nuys, Calif.
• Riteway Bus Service, Richfield, Wis.
• Dell Transportation, Hempstead, N.Y.
• Huntington Coach Corp. (5th Avenue), Huntington Station, N.Y.
• National Express Corp. at locations in Calabasas, Calif.; Pomona, Calif.;
and Thousand Oaks, Calif.
• United Quick Transportation, Chicago
• Dell Transportation, Port Washington, N.Y.
• Huntington Coach Corp., Huntington Station (3rd Avenue), N.Y.

Of the convention, Abe says, “It was very bittersweet. NSTA welcomed
many new faces to the board and had many new meeting participants, which was exciting, but it was also the last conference for Barry Stock and Robin Leeds. It was great to be able to recognize them for their  contributions to the NSTA.”

The 2011 Annual Meeting & Convention will be held July 16-20 in Baltimore.



Safety competition winners

During the 40th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, contestants completed a written test and then got behind the wheel to test their driving skills.

Top school bus drivers representing 34 states and one Canadian province competed in the 40th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, which was held in conjunction with the convention.

The event began with a written test, and then the 109 contestants got behind the wheel to test their driving skills. They competed in one of three categories — Conventional, Transit or Small Bus.

The event culminated with an awards banquet and ceremony where the winners were announced. They are:

• First Place: Larry Hannon — Centennial School District, Warminster, Pa.
• Second Place: Michelle Schurz — First Student, Grand Junction, Colo.
• Third Place: Debra Kay L’Abbe — First Student, Wonder Lake, Ill.
• Fourth Place: Billy McKemey — Wake County Public School System, Fuguay-Varina, N.C.
• Fifth Place: Josy Campbell — Widefield School District 3, Colorado Springs, Colo.

NSTA President Donnie Fowler (left) presents Larry Hannon with a plaque to commemorate placing first in the Conventional category. This is Hannon’s seventh competition win.

• First Place: Mark Miller — Bellingham (Wash.) Public Schools
• Second Place: Tyler Reynolds — Virginia Beach (Va.) Public Schools
• Third Place: Tracy Brown — First Student, Grand Junction, Colo.
• Fourth Place: Don Hal Haney — Kent (Wash.) School District
• Fifth Place: Robert McManus — Beaumont Independent School District, Vidor, Texas

• First Place: Richard Hall — Floyd County Schools, Allen, Ky.
• Second Place: Danny Ridel — Marysville Joint Unified School District, Yuba City, Calif.
• Third Place: Janet Ruth Turner — Greater Albany (Ore.) Public Schools
• Fourth Place: John Clarke — North Clackamas School District 12, Milwaukie, Ore.
• Fifth Place: Osgood Joshua Simpkins — Montgomery County Public Schools, Radford, Va.

The contestants’ scores and biographies can be found on the NSTA Website, The first-place winners in each of the categories received a yellow NSTA jacket.

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