Jim Rink (313) 336-1513
Franklin High School (Livonia) senior Christopher Noffze and Cedarville High School (Cedarville) senior Karissa Schlosser both say that their AAA School Safety Patrol™ experience in elementary school served as an important introduction to the values of responsibility and leadership.
Their continued demonstration of these traits has resulted in Noffze and Schlosser being named recipients of the 2008 AAA Michigan School Safety Patrol Scholarship.
The students were selected from hundreds of applicants. The criteria included a personal introduction letter on what being a safety patroller meant to them, participation in community and extra-curricular activities, academic achievements and letters of reference. Noffze and Schlosser each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.
“Responsibility, good judgment, punctuality, honesty and respect.” In his scholarship introduction letter, these are the principles Christopher Noffze stated he learned from his involvement with the AAA School Safety Patrol™ program in elementary school. As he took on duties associated with being a ‘Safety’, he took them seriously and saw the position as an honor that came with expectations of maintaining a certain level of character.
This carried over as Noffze joined and led other school and community organizations. In his words, “Being a safety patroller was a highly esteemed position in my elementary school. It was a role that other students looked up to and one that parents counted on to insure safety.”
Organizations that have benefited from this student’s integrity include Grace Lutheran Church, the National Association of Student Councils, Franklin Art Club, Junior States of America, Model United Nations, D.A.R.E., Early Literacy, Gleaners Food Bank, Operation Success, Relay for Life, Rotary Club, Grace Centers of Hope and Special Olympics, among others.
Noffze is attending Michigan State University in the fall where he will major in Political Science.
Karissa Schlosser’s AAA School Safety Patrol™ experience in the fifth grade taught her that “safety comes first”, especially when the lives of young students are at stake, said Schlosser.
“The AAA School Safety Patrol™ is a great program, because not only is it keeping people safe, it is instilling the value of safety in people’s lives at a young age. When people develop habits as children, they are more apt to keep these habits their entire lives.”
Throughout her high school career, Schlosser was active in many extra-curricular activities that brought acclaim to Cedarville High School, and served the community at large.
During her senior year, she was president of the Student Council and active in the National Honor Society. She enjoyed track events and was a member of the concert band, playing 1st chair flute. She volunteered for B.A.B.E.S. Buddies, her church youth group, vacation bible school, Lion’s Club, Red Cross, Cedar Campus and summer mission trips to Puerto Rico and Lima, Peru.
Schlosser will attend Lake Superior State University in the fall, majoring in Accounting. AAA School Safety Patrollers carry on a proud tradition that began in 1920. Today, over 38,000 Michigan students participate in the AAA School Safety Patrol™ program in over 1,360 schools. Please contact your high school counseling office to obtain a scholarship application or visit AAA.com/safety.
AAA School Safety Patrollers carry on a proud tradition that began in 1920. Today, over 38,000 Michigan students participate in the AAA School Safety Patrol™ program in over 1,360 schools. Please contact your high school counseling office to obtain a scholarship application or visit aaa.com/safety.