Sergio Duenas

Pictured from left to right: Bob Ramsdell, chief safety officer for National Express; Sergio Duenas, award winner; and Matt Cereghino, area general manager for Southern California, Durham School Services

Durham School Services driver Sergio Duenas from San Bernardino, CA placed second in the 49th annual School Bus Driver International Safety Competition (SBDISC). He had won third place in the same category in 2018.

Sergio has been a driver with Durham, which serves the San Bernardino City Unified School District, for eight and a half years. He acts as a behind the wheel trainer for recently hired drivers and prides himself in mastering driving to perfection.

“Our drivers look up to Sergio and he works hard every day at perfecting his driving and safety skills. We are proud he is on our team and delighted for him in placing second place out of 71 drivers, this was quite an impressive feat, considering all of the great talent he was up against,” said Matt Cereghino, area general manager for Southern California.

The National School Transportation Association (NSTA) hosted its competition in Austin, Texas over the weekend of July 20-21 at the Hays Consolidated Independent School District transportation facility. The event included a driver orientation, written examination and behind-the-wheel section. The drivers were expected to complete a rigorous road course and competed in one of the three categories: small bus, conventional or transit.

School bus drivers from across the U.S. and Canada showcased their knowledge and skills on Sunday, in hopes of winning the international title at the SBDISC. To be eligible, drivers must compete and win in a state or provincial competition in the same category within the past year.

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