Eight First Student drivers will be among those vying for top honors at the 47th Annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition. The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) hosts the prestigious industry event during its annual meeting and convention.
The best school bus drivers from across North America demonstrate their knowledge and skills through written and driving tests. Top drivers are named in conventional, transit and small bus categories.
First Student drivers competing in the safety competition include:
- Hannah Beard – St. Charles, Mo.
- Brian Cravens – Bethel, Ore.
- John Ferguson – Wichita, Kan.
- Jason Hovert – Gladstone, Ore.
- Madeia Mayfield – Wichita, Kan.
- Cleo McGee – Los Angeles
- Jerry Palmer – Olathe, Kan.
- Kate Snyder – Neptune, N.J.
First Student drivers typically complete more than 50 hours of training before driving passengers, which is more than the Federal Aviation Administration requires of student pilots. The company’s industry-leading hiring, training and ongoing development programs for drivers and monitors help deliver a ride that is twice as safe as the industry average.
The safety competition takes place July 15 & 16 in Indianapolis. Drivers qualify by placing in the top 10 of their state or province competition.
About First Student, Inc. As the leading school transportation solutions provider in North America, First Student strives to provide the best start and finish to every school day. First Student completes six million student journeys each day, moving more passengers than all U.S. airlines combined. With a team of highly-trained drivers and the industry’s strongest safety record, First Student delivers reliable, quality services including full-service transportation and management, special-needs transportation, route optimization and scheduling, and charter services for 1,200 school district contracts. For more information, please visit firststudentinc.com.