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Duluth Student Wins State AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year Award

AAA is proud to recognize and award Everett Mistelske from Duluth's Bay View Elementary School with the AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year Award. Only one deserving patrol member per state wins the annual award.

The AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year Award recognizes the patroller who best exemplifies the leadership qualities, good citizenship, school involvement, and application of safety skills vital to effectively and responsibly wear the AAA School Safety Patrol badge.

During the nomination process, students were carefully picked by their teacher, principal, or supervisor and then judged based on their performance with leadership qualities, safety skills, school involvement, and citizenship. The final stage of judging included review of an essay that described, "How participating in the AAA School Safety Patrol™ program helped me become a better leader."

According to Gene LaDoucer, regional director of public affairs for AAA-The Auto Club Group, Everett was presented with a plaque and a $200 gift card for his achievement.

"Everett was nominated by his advisor for trustworthiness, dependability, honesty and knowledge of safety, all of which are critical when working as a school safety patroller," said LaDoucer.

In his essay, Nolan stated he loves being involved and volunteering in the community. "It feels good to be trusted to teach and for my teacher to trust me. I think when I am older, I would like to...help kids, help people, teach others, volunteer, and show others they can be leaders too," he wrote.

For more than 100 years, AAA clubs have proudly sponsored, promoted and aided AAA School Safety Patrol programs as a community service in the interest of safety for all schoolchildren. Each year, the program includes more than 679,000 children participating at 35,000 schools across the country.