Quitman Student Gets National Recognition

Quitman, Miss.
Quitman Junior High School student, Shameka Thomas, was presented a national award Tuesday.

The National School Bus Safety Poster Contest received thousands of poster entries from across the country.
Thomas, a 7th grader, took second place.

The mother of Nathan Key, who was killed while getting off a school bus four years ago, attended the presentation, along with Mississippi's director of pupil transportation.

Both said they are proud that students are becoming more aware of school bus safety.

"School bus safety is so, so, very important," said Leonard Swilley, state director of pupil transportation. "Parents put their kids on the bus or at the bus stop and they expect them to come home, and we do too. It's efforts like this that gets them involved in school bus safety, and we are elated."

"It's very important to us that the students throughout the state get involved with school bus safety," said Lori Key, founder of the Nathan Key Foundation.

Shameka received a windows iPad and $100 for her winning entry.