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May

Regan Nave
Elkhart High School

Nominated by: SRO David Long

Regan is one of two seniors to be a team leader for our SAFE program in Elkhart this year. Regan was on the SAFE team last year and when asked if she would help lead the team this year was very excited to do so. Not only has Regan been a great leader she has led recruiting for the team causing us to almost double in size, going from last year's team of 8 to a team of 15. She very actively recruited her fellow students to be on the team. Each month, Regan announces the winner of our gift cards, and the kicks off of next month's drawing. Additionally, she does whatever else is needed and requested for our program. Recently, in our mid-year survey, our seatbelt usage went up 27%. I attribute this to our great leadership from Regan as well as other team members encouraging their fellow students to wear their seatbelts. While we still have work to do with parents dropping off their kids on campus, almost every single high school student is now wearing their seatbelt.

 

April

Hope Kisner
Hays High School

Nominated by: Alicia Brungardt

Hope has spearheaded our SAFE campaign this year. She has organized monthly pledge card distributions and incorporated SAFE concepts into other activities, including and all-school SAFE breakout game and our Christmas decorating. Hallways were decorated to include reminders to slow down on snow and ice, wear seatbelts, and remain attentive while driving. She worked with a team to organize socially distanced seating that was documented for contact tracing of 600+ students as well as a remote video option for 200 more students to allow for the ThinkFast program to happen in our high school.

 

March

Jayna Keller
Wabaunsee High School

Nominated by: Marilyn Workman

Jayna is very responsible. She has been in SAFE since her freshman year. She is always asking what she can do, coming up with new plans for our club. She is our co-president this year. Jayna took charge of the fundraiser for LLS, encouraging students to participate in the fundraising. Jayna gives a lot of time to our club, enthusiastically. Our SRO needed a SAFE enforcement poster and she jumped right up to make it for him. Jayna is a great SAFE student!

 

February

Hannah Lampe
Syracuse Jr/Sr High School

Nominated by: Amy Brucker

Hannah has been a 3 year member of SAFE. As a senior, she is only one of 2 students who has been on the SAFE team all 3 years the school has participated. Hannah shares her talents and skills with SAFE; She designed and painted a cutout picture prop, manages our SAFE twitter, and periodically writes articles for the local newspaper. She is always the first to volunteer for the seat belt surveys. This year she has researched and provided driving statistics for our December video and January's morning announcements at the school. Hannah is a traffic safety leader and role model for our group, school and community through her words and examples.

 

January

Amber Beaumont
Southeast of Saline High School

Nominated by: Braden Long

Amber is the president of the Southeast of Saline SAFE Club. Amber does a wonderful job with SAFE. She is always willing to help out with any SAFE events. Amber has also done a great job as the only upperclassman in SAFE with helping out the underclass students and teaching them about SAFE and guiding them through the different aspects of SAFE. Amber is also a great student in school and is always willing to help anyone out. Amber is very deserving of this award and I believe she exemplifies what SAFE is all about. Amber takes pride in wearing her seatbelt and talking with students about the importance of safety belt usage.

 

December

Chelsie Rose
Scott Community High School

Nominated by: Allison Railsback

Chelsie has been instrumental in getting our SAFE project started here at Scott Community High School.

When we presented to SAFE project to our FBLA officers in November, she jumped at the opportunity to be chairman.

She immediately went to work and contacted Trooper Tod Hileman with the Kansas Highway Patrol about presenting a vehicle rollover demonstration for the entire high school and worked out the logistics with our administration in doing an outside presentation in three separate groups (the presentation was on November 30).

Chelsie did not hesitate in seeing that we completed our first seatbelt data survey in December and is already brainstorming several educational activities for the upcoming spring semester!

 

November

Mekenzy Lucas
Northern Heights High School

Nominated by: Misty DeDonder

Mekenzy has happily taken over all SAFE responsibilities this year at Northern Heights High School. So far, she has planned monthly events to get awareness out to the student body, gotten the students prepared to complete the SAFE morning seatbelt checks, helped plan and complete the KTSRO grant for activities through SAFE and is getting other kids excited about it. She has started the Seatbelt Saves competition, and I cannot wait to see what she does with it. Mekenzy is a hard worker, and I love to see the dedication she has to SAFE this year.

 

October

Justice Houston
Wabaunsee High School

Nominated by: Marilyn Workman

Justice has been active in SAFE for 4 years, co president for 2 years. She looks ahead to what we can do, sets our meetings, designs our tee shirts, and encourages others to drive safe with their seat belts on! Happy to have her directing our team of students!

 

September

Rianna Lawler
Remington High School

Nominated by: Jodi Janzen

This is Rianna's second year in our SAFE group and she is always willing to help whenever needed. She has designed our t-shirts the past 2 years and this year she is even designing masks for us! She is also always a positive role model for her peers! 

2019-2020

 

April

Lilah Serrer
Madison High School

Nominated by: Martie Helm

Lilah, as President of our National Honor Society Chapter, is also helping to head up our SAFE program. I look to Lilah for assistance in organizing our seatbelt check teams, because of her dependability, leadership, and outgoing personality.

March

Bethany Plake
McLouth High School

Nominated by Nicole Hinrichsen

Bethany goes above and beyond to ensure that SAFE activities are followed through. She is the first one to volunteer to do surveys. Most importantly she is a constant advocate for SAFE not only in her words but her actions. Bethany is involved in many activities but chooses to put SAFE at the top of her priority list and McLouth is grateful to have such a motivated and caring individual on our SAFE team.

 

February

Andrea Wilson
Northern Heights High School

Nominated by: Misty DeDonder

Andie Wilson worked hard to complete a mock crash and a mock funeral. She has been in charge of the SAFE program with another FCCLA student, Emily Gilbert. They have been in charge of ensuring kids are aware of the importance of seatbelt safety along with other aspects of distracted driving. Andie and Emily also attended the KTSA workshop in Topeka and shared information with their schoolmates. They also took an FCCLA National Program STAR event to FCCLA district competition and qualified for state in April with their work through the SAFE program.

 

January

Vincent Palen
Beloit Jr./Sr. High School

Nominated by: Stephanie Litton

Vincent has been instrumental member in Beloit's SAFE program since its origination. He volunteers for every benchmark and championed adding the SAFE logo to the school's athletic programs. Vincent suggested and participated in the planning/presenting of Booster Rooster at Beloit Elementary for 4 consecutive years. He is a valuable role model to our school community.

December

Jadyn Meyer
Frontenac High School

Nominated by Anni Beasley

As a member of the SAFE team for the last two years, Jadyn Meyer has consistently proven her leadership skills. As the president of the Frontenac High School SAFE team this year, Jadyn has taken it upon herself to ensure that activities and events run smoothly. She has also been the only student to work on preparing items for student events at times. I would like to thank Jadyn for her hard work and dedication, and feel she is very deserving of the SAFE Student of the Month Award. 

November

Kaitlyn Geeting (SAFE Student of the Year)
Riverside High School

Nominated by Jim Cera

Kaitlyn has been a very strong, vocal leader in our SADD group since the beginning. She has been an advocate for the SAFE and Booster Rooster programs conducting seatbelt surveys, educational opportunities and contests for K-12 grades as well as leading our RESIST and DARE efforts with the other leaders. She has stood up before city council and encouraged her peers to do the same when we made presentations and communicated with law enforcement and state representatives when addressing policies. She has been a great help all around working with her peers and the entire student body taking charge to lead and implement change. 

 

October

Garett Hinz
Remington High School

Nominated by: Jodi Janzen

Garett Hinz has been the president of our school group called YAACL (Young Adults Advisory Council to the Library) last year when we added SAFE and again this year. Since adding SAFE to our group, Garett has been a terrific role model to all students by sharing information about traffic safety and encouraging all students to wear their seatbelts. He would like to eventually be a police officer after graduation, so being involved in SAFE is a great way to gain experience in traffic safety.

2018-2019

April

Chloe Gariglietti
Frontenac High School

Nominated by: Anni Beasley

Chloe has exemplified what it means to be a leader. As the SAFE President this year, she has taken charge to organize events, and make sure all members are in attendance. She is always the first one to volunteer to help out with anything. She also has continually been the first one at school early in the morning with clipboards and vests ready to go for counts. Chloe has been an incredible asset to the SAFE team.

March

Brionney Bocanegra
Wichita County High School

Nominated by: Kristopher T. Casper

Brionney is the leader of the SAFE program for the kids at school. She has helped organize events for kids at her school and is just a pretty good kid all around.

February

Trenton Gordine
McLouth High School

Nominated by: Nicole Hinrichsen

Trenton is always the first one to volunteer to help with things. He is a very quiet in the background kind of guy yet willing to assist wherever is needed. He has been on the SAFE team for two years now and also served as a volunteer crossing guard which shows his dedication to other's safety.

January

Hannah Ballard (SAFE Student of the Year)
Madison High School

Nominated by: Martie Helm

Hannah is a senior member of our SAFE team which is comprised of members of our National Honor Society. Hannah is a leader in our school and community and can always be counted on to get the job done. Hannah has assisted with SAFE seatbelt checks, monthly education, prizes, pledges, and always leads by example. Hannah is also helping to get a school zone and signs installed outside of our school. I constantly hear her encouraging her peers to buckle up and be SAFE.

November

Bailey Coon
Wabaunsee High School

Nominated by: Marilyn Workman

Bailey organized SAFE members to go to our two elementary schools and talk about the importance of wearing your seatbelt. She designed the PowerPoint, planned the times to deliver the message, organized the members to present to each classroom and planned the handouts for the students! She spent a lot of her time outside of the regular school day to do this. The students will receive a prize when they bring their seatbelt chart back showing they wore their seatbelt each time they got into the car!

October

Darryl Rylant
Clearwater High School

Nominated by: Jack Pawloski

This student is very respectful, makes people enjoy their day and is all about safety. Darryl has been working with traffic safety for 6 years and this student is the reason our school is lock down on seatbelts.

September

Shiane Wondra
Meade High School

Nominated by: Wadona Henson

I believe Shiane deserves student of the month because she lived the tale in June 2018, and now she spends her time traveling and telling others about why people should put the phone down. Shiane was a lucky one and was wearing her seat belt, though incorrectly, but it saved her life. Shiane is a bright girl whose message is a good one.

August

Chantel Shaw
Pleasanton High School

Nominated by: Mitch Shaw

Chantel has helped restart our charter here in USD 344 the past four years. She has been an officer for three years. She has testified in front of both the house and senate sub committees to promote seat belt safety and increase fines for not wearing safety belts. She is a living example of how seat belts can save your life. She would not be here after January 3rd, 2017 if she had not decided to buckle up after school that day. She is a top academic student. She has been the drum major of the band for three years. She has been active in STUCO for three years and co-wrote the script for the SAFE crash simulation that was coordinated and performed with all Linn county agencies for an all school assembly. She has also helped present at the SAFE conference in Wichita, KS.

2017-2018

April

Mable Mestagh (SAFE Student of the Year)
McLouth High School

Nominated by: Nicole Hinrichsen

Mable has been on the SAFE team now for two years and this year took SAFE to a new level by increasing its membership, implementing new ideas, and serving as the committee head for SAFE. She is only a part time student this semester but changed her schedule around so she could still work on SAFE items each day. She schedules meetings, writes out agendas, has put together a Kahoot! game for the student body and done a lot of background work on the grim reaper. She is our main contact between law enforcement, DCCCA, and administration. Mable created the application process that we use now for SAFE members and encouraged students to apply at the end of the 16-17 year so our team was ready to hit the ground running in August of 2017. We went from five to eleven members because of Mable's efforts. She attended the KDOT Transportation Safety Conference in 2017 where she brought back several ideas for the chapter including bulletin board displays, the grim reaper, and assembly activities. As committee head she was the face of our SAFE team she entered all our survey data. Mable is very responsible and kept me on track with meetings, emails, and had a schedule for our monthly prize drawings. I was very impressed with her intrinsic initiative to see the SAFE team grow in McLouth this year. Even though she won't be with us next year because she is graduating, she still oversaw the application process for next year and did some training to juniors so we can continue to impact our school with the SAFE message.

March

Georgette Lugo Olguin
Washington High School

Nominated by: Bernadette Bayless-Rios
 

Georgette takes great pride in participating in the SAFE program for our school. Always the first one to volunteer for any assignment, Georgette advocates for seat belt safety throughout Washington High School. She encourages others to always wear their seat belts and to stay off their phones while driving. Georgette continues to exemplify what SAFE is.

February

Grace Needham
Blue Valley North High School

Nominated by: Emma Brunner

Grace Needham exemplifies the qualities that drivers of all ages need to have. Not only does she keep her phone out of sight, she also turns down the radio and always keeps her focus on the road. She's that driver that always does a seatbelt check when the car is still in park whether she's driving or not. Grace encourages me to be the best driver that I can be and leave all distractions behind. Overall, she represents what SAFE stands for.

 

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