National honors. Virginia Preston (left) and Dani Hylton nailed down fourth place in the special needs category of the National Road-eo Competition in Louisville, Ky., recently.
Recently, the bus driving team of Virginia Preston and Dani Hylton took fourth place at the special needs category at the National Road-eo Competition in Louisville, Ky.
Hylton and Preston represented Clover Park School District and Washington state in the competition.
Their fourth place puts them in the record book as the best finish for a Washington team in the history of the National Road-eo Competition.
According to Hylton, there were a few surprises in the competition.
“They added an interesting twist in our scenario — a person with a gun. We were a little surprised; however, we moved forward,” said Hylton.
Indeed they did, landing in fourth place.
Preston credits the team s success to practice and fellow employee support.
“Everyone we work with has been supportive. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to make it through state,” said Preston.
The team s boss praises their accomplishments.
“I am proud of Dani and Virginia’s commitment and their ability to provide excellent transportation services to our students as well as their accomplishment of achieving fourth at the national competition,” said Delphie Nielsen, director of transportation.
Twenty-six teams participated in the national competition.
Colorado teams took first and third place with a team from Texas placing second in the event.
The 2007 Regional Bus Road-eo is set for the Clover Park High School student parking area, Saturday, May 5, and the state competition will take place Saturday, June 23 in Pasco, Wash.
Photo and story by Rich Bartell