ST. GEORGE — The cheers were almost deafening in the multipurpose room at Sunset Elementary School in St. George Friday afternoon, as individual school awards were handed out and two students received major awards.
The first award was presented to fourth-grade student Tyler Sunyich, who received AAA’s regional School Safety Patroller of the Year award. The honor was given in recognition of his exemplary safety patroller efforts and outstanding dedication and service.
Tyler’s written essay and service record were up against those of 20 other nominated students from throughout Utah and Nevada.
Tyler received a plaque from AAA representative Dan Krispin and a $50 Target gift card. AAA will sponsor a pizza party for the entire Sunset Elementary safety patrol and also made a $1,500 donation to the school.
The second major award was presented on behalf of the Utah League of Cities and Towns, which sponsors a statewide essay contest every year. This year, the first-place award went to fourth-grade student Annabel Smith, of St. George.
St. George Mayor Jon Pike presented the award to Annabel after reading her essay aloud to the assembly. The presentation included a certificate and a $100 check for Annabel and a $1,000 check for Sunset Elementary School.
Pike was very complimentary of the students, praising them for their attention and school spirit.
After the presentation, several students gathered around the mayor to shake his hand.
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