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Shoreline Elementary Student Selected for 2019 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

Bellevue, WA (April 8, 2019) – In recognition of her dedication to safety, community stewardship and leadership, local elementary student Gabrielle Santiago, from Echo Lake Elementary, was recently chosen to be inducted into the 2019 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame. She will be one of 10 patrollers honored during a special awards ceremony held before a Seattle Mariners game on Friday, April 26, at T-Mobile Park.

As a long-standing tradition, AAA Washington and a panel of judges from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission select top patrollers from schools across Washington each year and honor their accomplishments through induction in the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.

Patrollers are evaluated and judged on their commitment to traffic safety, citizenship, leadership skills, and contributions to school safety patrol programs. Nominations require input from both the patroller and their advisor, including responses to a series of essay questions. This year, the panel reviewed and evaluated more than 35 nominations to determine the top 10 inductees.

2019 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame Inductees

Alex Anguiano – Washington Elementary – Wenatchee
Mason Betcher – Southgate Elementary – Kennewick
Audra Findley – Lincoln Elementary – Vancouver
Campbell Finlinson – Forest View Elementary – Everett
Zoe Galbreath – Ritzville Grade School – Ritzville
Aurora Jarvi – Concord International School – Seattle
Charles LaSalle – Moran Prairie Elementary – Spokane
Cecilia Phillips – Hazel Wolf K-8 – Seattle
Gabrielle Santiago – Echo Lake Elementary – Shoreline
Andrew Stach – Oak Harbor Intermediate School – Oak Harbor

Lynn Greenwalt, school safety patrol advisor at Ritzville Grade School, will also be recognized as the eighth annual AAA School Safety Patrol Advisor of the Year.

AAA created the School Safety Patrol almost 100 years ago and partners with local agencies to bring the program to elementary schools across Washington. The AAA School Safety Patrol has been credited with being a major contributor to the substantial reduction in fatalities of school age children (ages 5-14).