Winners Announced for 49th School Bus Driver International Safety Competition

School bus driving a rigorous road course
The School Bus Driver International Safety Competition held during the National School Transportation Association Annual Convention in Austin, Texas featured drivers from both Canada and the U.S.

The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) hosted its 49th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition (SBDISC) in Austin, Texas over the weekend at the Hays Consolidated Independent School District transportation facility.

School bus drivers from across the U.S. and Canada showcased their knowledge and skills on Sunday, in hopes of winning the international title at the SBDISC. To be eligible, drivers must compete and win in a state or provincial competition in the same category within the past year.

The event was held in conjunction with the NSTA’s 55 Annual Meeting and Convention. The event included a driver orientation, written examination and behind-the-wheel section. The drivers were expected to complete a rigorous road course and competed in one of the three categories: small bus, conventional or transit.

The 2019 NSTA safety competition winners are presented below, the awards ceremony was sponsored by IC Bus, LLC.

Attendees at the Safety Competition awards ceremony
Attendees at the Safety Competition awards ceremony. (Source: NSTA Facebook page.)

Small Bus:

  • First Place:             John Labus, Cabeil County Schools in West Virginia
  • Second Place:         Dodo Freerksen, First Student in Alberta, Canada
  • Third Place:            Sally Musolino, North Clackamas School District in Oregon
  • Honorable Mention: Melissa Mesler, First Student in Anoka, Minnesota

Conventional Bus:

  • First Place:             Billy Wiseman, Kanawha County Schools in West Virginia
  • Second Place:         Mark Siersma, Troup County B.O.E. in Georgia.
  • Third Place:            Larry Hannon, Jr., Centennial School District in Pennsylvania
  • Honorable Mention: Ruth Del Vecchio, Krapf School Bus in Pennsylvania

Transit Bus:

  • First Place:             Mark Miller, Bellingham Public Schools in California
  • Second Place:         Sergio Duenas, Durham School Services in California
  • Third Place:            Delene Lewis, Allen ISD in Texas
  • Honorable Mention: Derek Bosserman, Tahoe Truckee Unified in California
NSTA President Blake Krapf poses with winning drivers at the SBDISC award’s banquet ceremony. (Source: NSTA Facebook page)

In addition to the safety competition winners, Todd and Laura Gray, son and daughter of former SBDISC competitor, Gregory Gray of Owasso (Okla.) Public Schools, were honored as the 2018 Transburo Scholarship recipients.

Both students attend Roger State University in Oklahoma and are pursuing their bachelor of science degrees in biology. They were awarded $1,000 in scholarship funds each. Their father, Gray competed in the SBDISC competition five times, and the Gray family served as competition judges this year.