Marriana Mattice (fourth from left) is the latest winner of Leonard Bus Sales’ A Day in the Life of a School Bus Art Competition. She is shown here with staff members from Leonard Bus Sales and Mayfield Central School District. Photo courtesy Leonard Bus Sales

Marriana Mattice (fourth from left) is the latest winner of Leonard Bus Sales’ A Day in the Life of a School Bus Art Competition. She is shown here with staff members from Leonard Bus Sales and Mayfield Central School District. Photo courtesy Leonard Bus Sales

MAYFIELD, N.Y. — Leonard Bus Sales has named the latest winner of its annual school bus art competition, the contractor announced on Wednesday.

Marriana Mattice, a senior at Mayfield Junior-Senior High School, is the winner of this year's “A Day in the Life of a School Bus Art Competition,” according to a news release from Leonard Bus Sales. As the winner of the competition, Mattice will receive a $1,000 one-time higher-education scholarship from Leonard Bus Sales for her original artwork depicting a day in the life of a school bus.

“The Leonard Bus Sales family is both proud and pleased to recognize Marriana Mattice for her outstanding artistry that depicts the school transportation industry’s commitment to ensuring that students arrive safely at their place of learning,” said Stacey Bruce, Leonard Bus Sales’ director of business integration. “Marriana’s artwork is an inspiration for everyone at Leonard Bus Sales, and we are honored that her drawing will be displayed in our facilities and in school districts around the state for years to come.”

Leonard Bus Sales launched its annual art competition to inspire and recognize young artists in high schools across New York State, according to the company.  A Day in the Life of a School Bus Art Competition requires participating juniors and seniors to artistically depict a day in the life of a school bus and select either an IC Bus or Trans Tech school bus as the subject — the two brands that are sold and supported by Leonard Bus Sales.

According to Marriana, her watercolor, acrylic, and marker drawing, “captures what a bus endures throughout the seasons. No matter what conditions — snow to sun — a bus is there through it all.”

“It is a privilege to play a role in Marriana’s continuing education as she prepares to leave Mayfield Junior-Senior High School and begins the next chapter of her life,” said Jon Leonard, president of Leonard Bus Sales. “A Day in the Life of a School Bus Art Competition is a wonderful opportunity for everyone at Leonard Bus Sales to show our commitment to promoting student success and to supporting school districts in their mission of safely transporting students like Marriana to school and home each day.”

In addition to a $1,000 one-time scholarship paid directly to the educational institution that Mattice will attend, her original drawing will be framed and put on display at Mayfield Junior-Senior High School, according to Leonard Bus Sales. Mattice’s drawing will also be made into professional prints and shared with school districts and school bus enthusiasts across the state.

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