Past national champs take top spots in California roadeo

Thomas McMahon
Posted on June 14, 2013

GALT, Calif. — There were some familiar names among the top contestants at the recent California State Championship School Bus Roadeo here.

Two of the top three drivers in the general category have won national school bus championships in past years.

Coming in first at the California roadeo, held on May 26, was Antonio Perez of San Dieguito Union High School District in Encinitas, who was a winner at the national level last year in the transit category.

Eric Denton of San Diego Unified School District placed second at the California competition.

Coming in third was Brent Carman of Morgan Hill Unified School District, who has won national championships multiple times.

The top competitors move on to the 43rd Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition, to be held July 20-21 in Tulsa, Okla.

In the special-needs category at the California roadeo, there was a tie for first between Robelyn Watson of San Diego Unified School District and Phillip Cervantes of First Student's Fresno location.

The top competitors from the special-needs category move on to the 2014 National Special Needs Team Safety Roadeo, to be held in Nashville, Tenn., from Feb. 28 to March 2.

The first place team at the California event was Shirlee Olsen, Douglas Smith and Shannon Bourassa of Snowline Joint Unified School District in Phelan.

The California roadeo consists of eight driving events and a written test. Competitors must first qualify at one of two regional roadeos.

Related Topics: California, driver training, roadeo

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Auto Safety House, the Thomas Built Buses dealer for Arizona, will operate as a brand of W.W. Williams. Seen here is a W.W. Williams service center.

W.W. Williams Acquires Auto Safety House

Auto Safety House, the Thomas Built Buses dealership for Arizona, will operate as a brand under the ownership of W.W. Williams, a provider of repair services and products.


Mother Gets Probation for Assaulting School Bus Driver

Kiesha Shannon of Ohio pleads guilty to attacking her daughter’s bus driver and is sentenced to three years of probation. The judge says he had limited sentencing options, which is why he didn’t give her jail time.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!