East Texas bus driver competition
Pine Tree ISD in March hosted the East Texas School Bus Driver Safety Competition with the East Texas Association for Pupil Transportation at Pirate Stadium.
In the event, school bus drivers from around East Texas competed for top honors and recognition in the region while showing off their skills in various categories.
This event begins with a general knowledge and vehicle inspection written test designed to gauge the contestant’s comprehension of state requirements and laws. Contestants perform behind the wheel to demonstrate their personal ability to maneuver a school bus around various driving obstacle courses. The events are timed.
Winners by category:
1st: Driver Tess Pierce and attendant Julia Wasson, Pine Tree
2nd: Driver Stormie Wesley and attendant Debbie Ledbetter, Gilmer
1st: Hunter Hopkins, Pine Tree
2nd: Summer Blackmon, Pine Tree
3rd: Kourtney Hopkins, Pine Tree
Alternate: Sharon Gordon, Pine Tree
1st: Jan Brigman, Gilmer
2nd: Lisa Coburn, Wills Point
3rd: Beth Green, Tatum
Alternate: Frank Brazeal, Tatum
Baroque and Classical Piano Festival finalists announced
Five finalists were selected March 30 at the Kilgore College Baroque and Classical Piano Festival, a piano competition open to elementary to high school-age students from around East Texas.
Contestants performed original piano compositions from the Baroque and Classical eras.
Judges then selected outstanding students to perform in a “Winner’s Recital” and awarded trophies to each of the finalists.
Isaac Hill, 13, Henderson, student of Sylvia Bolding
Sunny Kim, 9, Longview, student of Lydia Lim
Joshua Plunkett, 18, Gilmer, student of Sherrye Coles
Brian VanHouten, 15, Gladewater, student of Sherrye Coles
Amelia Wingfield, 15, Longview, student of Sherrye Coles