COLLINS Western Reserve High School just added another trophy to its showcase by winning the "Buckle Up America" challenge for the sixth time since 1996.
This annual competition observes the number of student and faculty drivers who wear their seatbelts while commuting to and from school. It is sponsored by North Central EMS, Ohio State Highway Patrol Norwalk Post and Summit Motorsports Park.
During April, Troopers from the Norwalk Post selected a week to discretely observe the number of students and faculty wearing seat belts during their commute. Western Reserve High School students and faculty members had the highest seatbelt usage at 83 percent. The other participating high schools included Monroeville, with 79 percent; South Central, 73; Norwalk High, 73; Willard, 69; New London, 61; Bellevue, 60; and St. Paul, 53.
On Wednesday, North Central EMS Executive Director Don Ballah presented the Western Reserve students with the traveling trophy, which states they are the smartest students in Huron County. Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Bryan and Trp. Gockstetter congratulated the students and encouraged them to continue to buckle up.