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Weisser Named North Dakota AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year

News Release                                                  

For Immediate Release                                                               

May 26, 2021

Weisser Named North Dakota AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Jaylee Weisser, a 5th grade student at Viking Elementary School, has been selected as the 2020-2021 North Dakota AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year.

The Patroller of the Year award recognizes safety patrollers who best exemplify leadership qualities and perform their duties effectively and responsibly without incident.

Nominees submit an essay expressing their feelings regarding their patrol experience. Essays are judged on content, understanding of traffic safety, sincerity, and organization of ideas.

In her essay, Weisser spoke about serving as a student leader, being a role model for other students, and displaying leadership.

“I thought a role model was just being a good kid and showing it to other people. Turns out I was wrong. Being a role model means much more than that. It's showing up on time, not slacking off, and showing kids how to act appropriately. I want to make it safe for kids so they can have fun without getting hurt.”

"Jaylee displays a great passion and devotion to helping others. She is a great example of what a Viking student leader should be, and furthermore a wonderful example of an exemplary person,” said Kiya Knable, school counselor and student leader advisor. “All of us here at Viking are so incredibly proud of all her accomplishments."

Weisser will receive a plaque, a $200 gift card, and Viking Elementary School will receive a $100 credit to improve safety patrol gear.

The AAA School Safety Patrol Program began in 1920 and includes more than 679,000 patrollers in 35,000 U.S. schools. AAA introduced the Patroller of the Year awards in 2002.