Sugar Mill Elementary School student wins first place in national poster contest

Sugar Mill Elementary School celebrated the success of third-grader Sidharth Duttala last month.

Sugar Mill Elementary School celebrated the success of third-grader Sidharth Duttala last month.

Sugar Mill Elementary School is celebrating the success of third-grader Sidharth Duttala, who was named a winner in the 2015 National Association for Pupil Transportation’s National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest. The contest named winners in six categories. Sidharth won first place in the Division I (grades K-2) category for his “Super Important Bully Free Zone” poster that he submitted during the 2014-2015 school year.

Each year, NAPT invites the public to observe National School Bus Safety Week and join forces to address the importance of school bus safety.

A highlight of the observance is the poster contest that welcomes students from thousands of school districts in more than 40 U.S. states to compete locally and state-wide by submitting art work that depicts school bus safety-related themes.

Sidharth competed locally during the 2014-2015 school year by submitting a poster based on the 2015 contest theme: “Bully Free Zone!” FBISD bus drivers voted to enter his poster in the Gulf Coast Association of Pupil Transportation’s contest. Sidharth won first place in his division at the state level, advancing to the national competition.

As a national division winner, he received $250 and a trophy.

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