NEWS RELEASES 2015-16

NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: JANUARY 4, 2016

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY POSTER CONTEST WINNERS NAMED;
SIBLINGS HONORED FOR THE FIRST TIME

Two North Carolina elementary school students and one middle school student received top honors in North Carolina’s 2015 National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest, “Bully Free Zone!” And, for the first time, siblings were recognized for their designs at state and national competitions.

The 2015 poster contest winners were:

  • Grades K-2 – Daisia Banks, Franklinton Elementary (Franklin County Schools);
  • Grades 3-5 – Revanth Gottipati, Triangle Math & Science Academy (Wake County); and
  • Grades 6-8 – Nishanth Sai Gottipati, Triangle Math & Science Academy (Wake County).

In congratulating the winners, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Transportation Services Section Chief Derek Graham said, “This year’s poster theme message was clear: on the bus or at the bus stop – just like anywhere else – bullying is unacceptable.” Graham added that along with that important message, students also learned school bus safety rules as they worked on their posters.

Each of the first place winners received a plaque featuring his or her artwork and a school bus safety puzzle, also featuring the student’s winning design. Winning posters are featured on the state’s School Bus Safety website.

First place state winners also competed in the National School Bus Safety Poster Contest held in Richmond, Va., in November. In that competition, Revanth Gottipati took 3rd place in his division, earning a $50 cash prize from the National School Bus Safety Week Committee. His brother, Nishanth Sai Gottipatti earned a $100 prize as the 2nd place winner in his division.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program sponsor the state’s annual School Bus Safety Poster contest. Additional information on school bus safety is available online.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.