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UCPS bus driver ranks in top 10 'best in state'

Beverly Williams (Porter Ridge Transportation Area) is recognized for placing in the top 10 during the North Carolina School Bus ROADeo.

A Union County Public Schools bus driver has demonstrated her driving skills by finishing in the top 10 in a statewide competition recently.

Union County bus driver Beverly Williams (Porter Ridge Transportation Area) finished seventh in the North Carolina School Bus ROADeo competition at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh May 29, 2014.

Williams finished seventh overall out of 43 drivers from across the state after advancing to the state finals from District competition.

She and other competitors were required to perform eight different maneuvers on a closed course with tennis balls, traffic cones and plastic gates outlining paths.

In addition to a straight-line tennis ball test and narrowing gate test, the drivers had to parallel park, stop, back up, simulate a railroad crossing and navigate turns.

Competitors were judged on accuracy of driving with demerits for infractions and timed on several of the events.

The winner received $500 and the chance to compete in the national competition later this year in Charleston, S.C

Also representing UCPS at the state Roadeo were Kristy Bowman (Porter Ridge Transportation Area) and Tamika Knight (Forest Hills Transportation Area).

“Thanks to all our participants and thanks goes out to Transportation Specialists Cynthia Potter and Brian Joyner for providing the leadership and encouragement that resulted in these ladies Roadeo success,” said Richard D. Kingsberry, UCPS Director of Transportation.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe
Posted: Jun 05, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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