Annie De Monte, a sixth grader at Lynnwood Elementary, was selected among the top 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington state and inducted in the 2015 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.
In recognition of her dedication to safety, community stewardship and leadership, De Monte was recognized at an evening awards ceremony held before a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field on April 24.
De Monte is a leader among her peers, but what separates her from many other outstanding patrollers at Lynnwood Elementary is that her dedication to student safety centers on a personal tragedy in her life. Her mother was tragically killed by a drunk driver in 2008, when De Monte was only five years old. Her personal loss has a special place in her heart and fuels her motivation to ensure the safety of others, especially at school and in her local community.
“It is hard to express the courage and charisma of this young individual,” said Jennifer Cook, AAA Washington spokesperson. “We were proud to congratulate Annie for her leadership and resilience to help keep fellow classmates safe, and are honored to induct her into the AAA Hall of Fame.”
As a long standing tradition, AAA Washington and a panel of judges from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission select top patrollers from schools across Washington each year and honor their accomplishments through induction in the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.
Patrollers were evaluated and judged on their commitment to traffic safety, citizenship, leadership skills, and contributions to school safety patrol programs. Nominations required input from both the patroller and their advisor, including responses to a series of essay questions. This year, the panel reviewed and evaluated nearly 50 nominations to determine the top 10 inductees.
AAA created the School Safety Patrol more than 90 years ago and partners with local agencies to bring the program to elementary schools across Washington. The safety patrol has been credited with being a major contributor to the substantial reduction in traffic related fatalities of school age children (ages 5-14).