AAA has named fifth grader David Catts from Hillside Elementary in Fort Lewis as Washington’s AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year. Catts will represent Washington state at the national AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year and Lifesaver Award ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 5.
Catts was chosen from a group of 44 outstanding school safety patrollers in Washington who were nominated for AAA’s statewide School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame competition. The nomination process includes four essay questions the patroller must complete about serving on patrol and three essay questions the advisor must complete regarding what makes their patroller outstanding. During the statewide Hall of Fame competition Catts received the highest score out of all of the nominated patrollers, which earned him the Patroller of the Year award for Washington state. Catts will travel to Washington, D.C., next month to receive the Patroller of the Year award.
Catts was chosen for these prestigious awards for his leadership skills, dedication to traffic safety, being a role model to his classmates, and contributions to his school safety patrol and community. During the nomination process Catts was asked why he should be inducted into the Hall of Fame and he wrote, ‚ÄúI should be selected for the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame because I’m responsible, behaved and on time. I also am kind and have good charisma. I am also intelligent and have a very safe nature. I love helping others and keeping others safe.‚Äù
Catts’ School Safety Patrol Advisor, Marie Lanham, wrote in her nomination that he is a natural born leader, serves every day without complaining, arrives at his post early and is prepared to serve, exudes authority, offers encouragement to other patrollers and is not afraid to stand up for what is right.
Catts provided excellent answers to all four of the essay questions during the nomination process. His answers in addition to his advisor’s praise and the fact that he identifies and solves problems, such as asking the PTA to replace their torn rain ponchos, was why he was selected as Washington’s AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year.
Catts’ trip to Washington, D.C., May 2-5, includes visits to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the National Zoo, the Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol and an evening tour of the hero monuments and memorials, in addition to the Patroller of the Year award ceremony. The award ceremony will take place May 5 and can be viewed on a live Webcast at 7:30 a.m. at www.visualwebcaster.com/aaasafetypatrol.