Leonard Bus Sales selected Cameron Ackerknecht, a senior at Stillwater Central High School in New York, as the winner of the company's latest A Day in the Life of a School Bus Art Competition.
Ackernecht won a one-time $1,000 higher-education scholarship from Leonard Bus Sales for her original work. She plans to pursue her studies in art at the State University of New York at New Paltz this fall.
Leonard Bus Sales presented the scholarship to Ackerknecht at her school on May 9, where she was joined by her family and school district representatives.
"Education and learning are lifelong endeavors, and the Leonard Bus Sales family is honored to help talented students like Cameron in their ongoing educational pursuits," said Jon Leonard, president of Leonard Bus Sales. "A Day in the Life of a School Bus Art Competition allows students to share an important aspect of their school day - how they are safely transported to school, home, and scholastic activities on a yellow school bus. Leonard Bus Sales is honored by the trust our school transportation partners place in our company, and we are proud to support students between the many stops along their educational journey."
The art contest requires participating juniors and seniors to artistically depict a day in the life aboard an IC Bus, Trans Tech, or GreenPower brand school bus - the three brands sold and supported by Leonard Bus Sales.
Ackerknecht's acrylic painting, "A Peaceful Start to Seven Hours of Stress," shows a bus full of students from the back looking forward as they contemplate the day ahead. The artwork will be framed and put on display at the Stillwater Central School District Transportation Department. Also, it will be converted into professional prints for school districts and bus enthusiasts across the state of New York to enjoy.
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