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Bandera high school receives national award


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Sponsor Ginger Frye with the BHS National Honor Society and Principal Sergio Menchaca accept the coveted 5 year Award for being an Outstanding School in the TDS program sponsored the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.

The Teens in the Driver Seat team at Bandera High School was recognized with a national award on May 20. Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS) is a peer-to-peer teen driver safety program that is led by students in a high school to address the leading cause of injury and death amongst teens in the United States – automobile crashes. Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) provides resource kits and technical support to the student teams, with the teens being responsible for conducting grassroots outreach activities and promoting safe driving messages throughout the school year in their schools and communities.
Started in 2002, the program has now reached over 750 schools in Texas and has spread to 38 states in the nation.
The TDS Program created a new award this school year to honor schools that have been designated as “outstanding” TDS teams for multiple years. Based upon points accumulated over the course of the school year through their participation in a variety of TDS program-related activities, the top 10 percent of schools are given the designation of “outstanding.”
New this year is a set of awards that recognize schools who have achieved that level of recognition for 3+ years and 5+ years. The TDS team at Bandera High School was recognized as one of only six (6) schools in the nation that have achieved 5+ years of outstanding program participation.
“We are pleased to provide this new award to the TDS team here at Bandera High School,” TDS Program Director and Senior Research Engineer at TTI Russell Henk said. “We wanted to recognize schools that have not just partnered with us in this important mission of saving lives together, but have done so at an outstanding level for many years. What they are doing in their community is truly making a difference.”
Since the TDS Program started, fatal crashes involving fatal crashes involving teen drivers in Texas have decreased nearly 70 percent.
The awards presented to Bandera included a special banner, an engraved glass trophy for the school, an engraved plaque for TDS teacher sponsor Ginger (Postert) Frye and certificates for all student team members.