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Dvorak Named North Dakota AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year

News Release                                                      

For Immediate Release

May 31, 2022

Dvorak Named North Dakota AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Hayden Dvorak, a 5th grade student at Viking Elementary School, has been selected as the 2021-2022 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, Dvorak spoke about serving as a student leader, learning new skills, and displaying leadership.

“In safety patrol, there is a rotating captain every week and they get to tell everyone where to go. The captain usually goes to the bus stop and makes sure all the kids get on the bus safely. I think it is an important job because we make the streets safer. We also get to tell people to use the crosswalk so they don't get hurt.”

"Hayden is an excellent example of what a leader should be. She is dedicated to helping others, a creative thinker, and an overall model student," said Kiya Knable, school counselor and student leader advisor.

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

“I have known Hayden since she started kindergarten, and she has always been a very caring and kind student,” said Principal Jolyn Bergstrom. “Hayden works hard and participates in many activities throughout the school year.  She is a very dependable student!"

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.